Monday, July 30, 2012

Last Week

This is the last week of the book club. For the last blog post, I'd like you to think about how you are going to do things differently in your classroom this year. Is there anything that you are going to change because of what you read in the book this summer or in the blog discussion?


  1. Having read the book, I reflected over the various activities that we did last year. I noted that my slow to motivate learners were more motivated when the final chapter work involved technology. The simple answer the question tests in the book were not motivating enough for these students to participate. I also noted that the resource or slow learner loved doing the work but it took them twice as long. I plan on doing more work with technology and also tweaking each project to fit the needs of the students for success. Even my choirs will have more blogging, discussion boards, etc.
    I enjoyed this book and have recommended it to many of my collegues. I believe it has helped to rejuvenate the soul with just a slight twist on how far we have come since the days of the slate.
    Thanks for the opportunity to blog on such a great book.

  2. Be more creative, adventurous, and flexible.

  3. Full disclosure you have probably guessed, I am not a classroom teacher at this time. While I did spend 10 years in a high school science classroom I have spent the last 12 years as the Library Media Specialist, "unofficial" District Library Director, District Distance Ed Coordinator, Technology Committee member and "Jill of all trades" with the Southwestern - Jefferson Co. school district.

    Every year, I tell my teachers that my job is to make their jobs easier. I constantly try to learn and keep up with new technology so that I can help any teacher as they incorporate new things in their classrooms.

    This book is very pertinent to me and my school right now. We started school yesterday (which explains why this post is a little later than usual) and our technology committee is beginning the second "planning" year which will culminate with our students getting mobile devices this time next year. This book helped me see where many of our teachers stand when they talk about our one-to-one initiative. Some of our teachers are just like Techno Tommy and want the technology NOW and others are like Mrs. Jackson and they say "this will never work". My job will be to support all these teachers and help them transition into teaching with a new TOOL without having the technology take over their lives. I will use the things I read in the book in my push for LOTS of professional development for our teachers this year. My first big push will be for the committee to choose the device and have it in our teacher's hands by Christmas break. Teachers need time to become familiar with the technology (notice I didn't say "experts") before they face a classroom full of the technology.

    Personally, the book spoke to me as it showed the evolution of Techno Tommy. I tend to come out of presentations so hyped for the next best "thing" only to burn out quickly when I can't get the teachers to try new things. The book reinforced the fact that for any initiative to work we must have teacher buy-in and the teachers have to"own"the process. Our committee worked a lot last year to build this buy-in and we are well on the way.

    I had fun reading the book. I learned a lot and am ready to share what I learned with my technology committee. Looking forward to the book you choose next summer.

    Angy Northern
    Southwestern High School
    Hanover, IN