This last week was one of the most intense learning experiences weeks of my professional career. Not only was I given educational theory of Dr. Marzano's fundamental teaching strategies. We also looked at Ruby Payne's thoughts on how educators need to understand the complexity of students living in poverty.
Both topics I felt I had a understood farily well in my initial readings, but like any topic there is always more to it than you read. Only after our discussions did I begin to see how powerful the books were. Simple educational strategies such as note taking, group learning, and questioning are topics that I have gone to trainings on for years. INTERACT gave me a different angle on many topics I felt comfortable teaching and thought my lessons were acceptable.
After being introduced and forced to use techno0logy tools, the training took a completely new and exciting turn. I am excited to incorporate my new found skills to enhance my teaching process.
It is a really odd (yet exciting) feeling to be itching to get back into the classroom in the middle of June but that is what this academy has done for me. It is not that I haven't used computers, cameras, and other forms of technology in my classroom, but we went in a whole new direction. I used my laptop in ways that will allow me to engage even the most reluctant students .