This blog originated as a reflective tool for a course about differentiation with an emphasis on educational technology. I approach everything with a conservationist bent. Instead of taking up a new blog address, it makes sense to me to recycle and reuse this perfectly good blog address to continue the reflection with a different technological focus. Diary, you and I will transition to “Virtual Teaching and Learning.”
I teach in bush Alaska, and have for the last three years. I work in a district which provides lots of technological hardware and software. The support for all this technology from the district is lacking. I act as a “tech point of contact” for my school, which gives me the opportunity to be support for my peer teachers and staff. I really enjoy this aspect of my job.
I teach in one of the largest K-12 bush schools in Alaska with approximately 200 students. Our students struggle academically. Although they struggle, they really want to do well and try hard. It’s my job to figure out how they can access the learning. Most of our students own or have access to their own personal technology devices. Students from 5th grade on up do have laptops available to them from the school, although the students are not allowed to take them off campus.
I have been teaching 5th grade for the last two years. This coming year, I will loop with my students to 6th grade. I’m excited about this as I’ve trained my students on many aspects of technology and am eager to continue working with this same group to further their skills.
In thinking about the creation of an online class, I’m overwhelmed with opportunities. I will teach every subject except science to this group. I am very interested in 6th grade social studies (ancient civilizations). A project involving online instruction of math skills would help my students. I could also envision interesting projects that relate to writing, with an emphasis on blogging. What to do?
When I am not teaching, my husband and I live well off the beaten path. Check out our blog, www.cutterlight.com, to see a sample. We love to cook, eat, fish, boat, photograph, and blog. We spend our summers on our sailboat Bandon, which is docked in Seward. During this summer, we will be fishing and sailing. We will also be taking a wine appreciation class. It’s going to be a grand summer of all sorts of learning!