First, thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. It was reassuring and helpful to know that I'm not alone. I feel reinvigorated to just keep doing what I love to do - teach, learn, share, and blog! So, let's get on with the blogging!
Recently, I was thinking about something my principal said at a meeting. He said, "Let's not expect kids to do what we ourselves are not doing." I was thinking about how this applied to goal setting. I expect my students to set reasonable goals, think of strategies to reach those goals, and reflect on their progress. We write it all down and make it official. But, do I walk the walk?
I goal set too... in my own way. I have list of roughly 100 goals...in my mind. I rarely write things down or say them out loud, so they may or may not come to fruition. But, I have GREAT intentions. Anybody else have this problem? Please...please... say yes.
So now, it is time to turn my intentions into action. I made myself a plan regarding technology use in my classroom.
My goal: To get my students using more technology and creating more products on the computer.
My strategy: Use my technology grid to introduce different programs and activities to my class.
My progress: TBA.
Here is my goal grid. Each box represents one activity or program I want my students to experience this year. I will cross off each one once I have used it at least once, hopefully more than once.
If I get through all of this I would be SUPER impressed with myself, but I think creating this goal grid will help me prioritize and focus. This is definitely a working document.
What do y'all think? What am I missing? Please help! Add your own post-it to my Linoit Interactive Bulletin Board at the bottom of this post with suggestions for other great online web tools for students. It would be helpful if you would include it in the comments below too... ya know... just for safe keeping. Thank you in advance and I can't wait to see what you'll add.
Really quick, here are links to the activities I have on my board (just in case you need/want them):
What are your favorite Web 2.0 Tools for students?