Introduction The role of the teacher has changed because of the integration of technology in the classroom (Horn, 2015). This change has started a new revolution called blended learning. Blended learning is not a new term and is defined in many ways. Most would describe blended learning as the combination of face to face instruction … Continue reading Blended Learning: Changing the Classroom For The Better
Blended Learning has so many facets and possibilities, yet there are so many schools that are not attempting to implement it. Well, I plan to change that at least at the school that I can control. I have created an innovation proposal to show my principal and hopefully will be the first step to a blended … Continue reading Blended Learning or Bust?
This may be the first indecision that I have had in my first three courses during my DLL journey. I know that this innovation plan does not need to be started now and this is just the beginning of a long process to implement and refine my plan, but I still am showing some anxiety … Continue reading Choosing an Innovation Plan
I began my next course in my DLL journey this past week and find myself overwhelmed with ideas for my upcoming innovation plan. I keep asking myself, what do I want to accomplish in my classroom, school or district that can disrupt the traditional model that I get frustrated with on a daily basis? I … Continue reading The Journey Continues…
Can it really be the end of the second course already in my DLL journey? I reflect on what I have experienced so far and sometimes it is just a blur. Then I really reflect by writing a blog post on here and realize what the beginning of this journey has meant to me so … Continue reading My DLL Journey…
Sometimes I wonder whether it is truly on; or in other words, is anyone listening to what I am saying? If you walk into my classroom, that may or may not be evident, some days more than others, but overall I would hope that my students are listening when I am talking. Do I really want … Continue reading Is this thing on?
Reflecting on some of the reading I have done over the past week has me really wondering 'how'? How will I get started with implementing the COVA approach in my classroom? What can I really expect my fifth-graders to accomplish? How do I get my students to take initiative and make choices for their own … Continue reading How Is That Going To Work?
I continue to wonder about my abilities to implement a true COVA environment in my fifth-grade classroom. I know that I believe in the COVA model and the philosophy behind it. I know that if my students "aren't thinking about the learning process, we must ask if they are really learning?" (Harapnuik, Thibodeaux, Cummings 2018). Fighting with my fixed … Continue reading COVA or Not to COVA…
To answer this question, I believe you have to ask yourself, Can the students truly take their portfolio with them wherever they go? What if a student leaves a school district? Can they continue building that portfolio to show off their learning? What if they can't take it with them? Then what? All of these questions … Continue reading Do My Students ‘Own’ Their Digital Portfolios?
Why? That is the question I have asked myself A LOT in the last few weeks. It might be about, why did I teach it that way or why didn't think of that before I did it that way? This process of asking myself 'why' is not a new concept for me, but I feel … Continue reading Why Am I Writing this Blog Post?