This blog is a project that we designed to:
- document what we are learning
- share our new learning about the process of change
- learn and grow in collaboration with others
We are educators taking on Personalization, one bite at a time.
I joined DPS in 2007, and I've been a 5th grade teacher ever since, serving a wide demographic of students in different parts of Denver. I'm very fortunate to be at a school that embraces my love of STEM subjects in the classroom and to be able to work with good kind people throughout the district and within my building. 2013 has been an exciting year for me, as I have been able to become more intentional with our use of technology in the classroom and create personalized learning opportunities for my students.
As I contribute to this blog I am in my 8th year of teaching Kindergarten. When I think of that at a surface level I have to ask myself "What am I doing?" I have never done anything for 8 years before. High school is 4, college was 4 my masters was a jam-packed 18 months and yet here I am having spent double the amount of time in my career "doing the same thing" than I did in my training for it, and still at times feel like a novice.
A novice not in a "oh no I don't know what I'm doing from one second to the next", but a novice in an exciting way. The reason I am able to stay excited to continue to pursue teaching fully is that each day is different. No class is the same as another, no student is the same as the rest and certainly no day looks just alike. I believe for me technology is a big portion of that excitement. I am able to incorporate something I love and am excited about into learning and teaching. Both of which I do everyday.
I have had the opportunity to have iPads in my classroom for the past several years. Working with early primary aged students I found the approach of touching the screen and getting results innate to kindergarten students and a perfect modality to incorporate in technology. I started with 3 iPads and have built to 13. I've been able to use them for projects, small group and whole group instruction.
I am an urban elementary teacher in an arts-integrated K-12. I am passionate about the intentional use of technology, blended and personalized learning experiences for students and teachers, and empowering learners with the tools they need to succeed and take ownership of their journey.
I am a first grade teacher at an International Baccalaureate school in Denver Public Schools. I believe in the power of technology as a tool to help transform teaching and learning, allowing for increased choice, authentic application of learning and greater ownership of the learning process. I love working with the challenge of personalizing learning for our youngest students (ECE-2nd grade).