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)