21st Century Teacher or Learner?

I often struggle with this am I a 21st Century Teacher or Learner?  Pretty much at every moment of the day I sway between the two teacher, learner, teacher, learner.  I guess really the answer is I’m both.  I have a good tech understanding but there is WAY more that I don’t know.  I think what makes me a good 21st century teacher is that I’m willing to learn.  I like to test out new apps and ideas and learn things along with my students and from my colleagues.  But this can bring about a lot of frustration when things don’t go as planned, and they often do not.  

Last night I participated in a #geniushour chat on Twitter.  I casually thought I could plan my math unit and chat but I was so involved in the learning that the math was pushed to the side for an hour.  It was honestly the coolest professional development I could be a part of.  Me, in my living room, with my coffee and my children in bed.  I connected globally with amazing educators who are starting out with #geniushour or are well versed in it.  I am so excited to bring #geniushour to my class!  Tomorrow is the launch day, I’ve been pumping them up all week for it.  Stay tuned for updates.

This year I’ve decided to go with a digital daybook.  I’m using the app Plan Book (both on my MAC and iPad) and so far it’s pretty great.  It’s a bit cumbersome to set up your schedule but once you do it’s pretty easy.  I’m hoping to connect via twitter with others who are using it for some tips.  I like that you can email the plans and when needed print them for supply teachers.  Here’s a picture of what my desk looks like right at the moment. Note the Pumpkin Spice Latte (Happy Fall)



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