Reading over my first blog post, If I Built a School, there are a few things that I would definitely change. The course EDM 310 has introduced me to an amount of resources and technologies that I now plan to use in my future classroom. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned from this one course over the semester and the way my views on teaching have enhanced. My passion is to become an educator for younger children and I think that EDM 310 has done its job on me to be just that. Although I have a lot more to learn about becoming an educator, EDM 310 has informed me on things I would have never thought to use with my students.
In response to my first blog post, in my future classroom I would like to teach Kindergarten or Third grade. As a teacher I will encourage my students to express their creativity and never steer them from their interests. Individuality will be encouraged and expressed throughout all activities. I want all of my students to know that their opinion matters. I will always express the quote, “There is no such thing as a dumb question”. I will teach my students to respect one another properly and the value of it. All of my activities will be hands on using the method of project based learning. Thanks to EDM 310, I will use tools such as Icurio and Discovery Ed. These sites will be great resources for retrieving information during activities with my students.
The Smartboard will be a tool that will be used frequently in my classroom. It can be used for bell ringers or simply engaging my students in an activity. Students will be able to interact with me as well as their peers using this tool. Instead of mainly using textbooks, I would like to use IPad. The IPad has a wide range of applications that I think will be very helpful with learning. Also, I will develop a class blog to show off my class’s progress. This blog will be accessible by other classes across the world and parents.
My classroom will be filled with creativity and color. There will be a wall in the classroom designated just for the students art work. I will have a center made just for “carpet discussions”. In this center we will sit around in a circle to discuss anything that is going on in the community or on campus. Next, I will have a center made just for the IPads and computers. The students will have the ability to interact with these tools on their own during a “free” period.
In my first blog post, I did not really include technology. But after completing this course, I think that it plays a significant role in education today in the 21st Century. In EDM 310 this semester I have been introduced to Blogger, Skype, Symbaloo, Icurio, Discovery Ed, the Smartboard, Prezi, and the IBook. Without this course, I don’t think I would have ever thought to use these tools in my classroom. All in all, I cannot wait to use these tools and resources with my students. Thanks EDM 310!