Sunday, September 15, 2013

Continuing My Journey Elsewhere

Over the last couple of years, I have done quite a bit with technology integration.  My original goal was to blog about my experiences while reflecting on my successes, failures, and discoveries.  To be quite honest, maintaining two websites has been quite a challenge.  If you would like to continue to see how I technology in my classroom, please follow the link: This is a more in-depth view of what I do with technology while providing science instruction to my students.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Back 2 School

School started on August 1st and it has been a wonderful start to a new year.  I met 100% of my homeroom during Open House, most of my paperwork has already been submitted to the administrative staff, and I am ready to get right into the learning tomorrow.  This by far is the largest class of gifted learners I have taught since I first started teaching gifted learners a few years ago.  I am even more excited about the potential wrapped up in each student as we get ready to start our PBLs.

Usually I spend the summer tweaking projects from the previous year; however, this summer was a bit different for me as it was the first time (in a really long time) that I was on vacation the entire summer.  So I will work on tweaking those projects in the coming weeks. I have time to get it done since I am busy teaching students how to do well in my class right now through various strategies.

This week is an ice breaker week for my students.  I want to decrease the anxieties they may have about physical science so I will be starting my year with a concept that most of them should be familiar with because they learned the basics of it in elementary school.

Well on to my first full week at school...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Missing in Action...but Back!

Wow! It's been quite awhile since I have been able to update this page.  This last year has been busy for me as I wrapped up on my doctoral journey.  While away, I have spent a significant amount of time developing my skills with many of the technological resources I have shared on my page.  My goal as this new school year begins is to continue where I've left off.  So much has gone on in the EdTech world in the last year and I have been keeping up with as much of it as I can.

I am looking quite forward to sharing with you my "Aha!"moments once again.  After reading so many articles this summer, I had to really reevaluate how I use technology.  There are some tools that I will use again in my classes this year, while there are others that I need to redefine their purpose in my science class.  As I look back over the last year, I can recall the various times that my parents and students saw the value in the different technological resources.  This made a profound difference in my instructional planning.  Where to go from there? Well that's easy! Now that I am more comfortable with the technologies that helped to enhance my classroom last year, I am going to step it up a notch and really demonstrate the power of the tools.

This year I am even more excited as some of my colleagues are interested in how I corporate technology in my classroom.  I can't wait to show them the potential it will have in their classrooms!

Continuing on my journey!
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