Setting goals and trying to accomplish them is a major part of teaching. I only have been teaching for 3 and a half years now, but I have accomplished a lot. A GAME plan is not something that we should have just created for our master’s class, but something, which we should have to go by in our everyday teaching. The game plan that I created for this class are the goals that I am currently working on. Teaching technology gives me an advantage over other teachers because the students I have are surrounded by technology almost every minute of every day. They were born into a technological world and as part of my job; I need to show them the “educational” way to incorporate these technologies into their lives. Discussing and interfacing with current technologies is what I have been doing, but I need to incorporate more real life situations. I have found that my students connect on a deeper level with matching something to what they are interested in. I deal with more of the machinery technology then with the computer technology because my school district is a low-income community. I am teaching my students a life long skill they will help them greatly. In my 8th grad technology class, I spent a couple weeks teaching the tools so that I knew my students could use them. We then made a mini project so that the students could get the feel for what we are doing and how each machine works. Now we are in the middle of a major project and about 85 percent of my students are working right along with no problems.
I have been putting a bunch of different mini projects and will start implementing them throughout my classes. These are more for skill builder than anything. I have a hard time getting my students to be creative and the only way I can see getting them to think “outside” the box is to make them practice. I cannot just tell them to be more creative, I must show them.
As a young teacher, I know I still have a lot to learn. I want to offer my students the best education they can get with the resources that I have available to me. To accomplish this, I attend at least one conference every year, which is only on technology. I do a ton of research online looking for new things that I can incorporate into my classroom, and most importantly, I am making community connections. My first couple of years were a bit intimidating and I kind of kept to myself. Now that I have some years under my belt and have been granted tenure, I have been working on many things. I have developed a few community connections, which have benefited my classes greatly. I have developed a website and have been keeping the community updated with what is going on in my class. The outpouring of support for my classes has been amazing. By keeping my community updated, they are in full support of what I am doing and teaching my students.