Already planning for next year!?

April 23, 2008

As the end of the year is quickly approaching in my school district, I am beginning to plan for next year. Next year!!?? But I haven’t even finished this year or done everything that I wanted to do this year.

ReflectionMuch of my job as Technology Educator involves reflection. Every job involves reflection but how much of it do we really do? And how much of this reflection ends up happening? For example, one of the schools that I travel to does not like to use technology. It is not high on the priority list to learn and change with the times of emerging technologies. I have thought and “reflected” on this all year long. But has anything changed? Not really.

This was my first year in this school district but I hope to be able to roll up my sleeves and get into those schools next year!!! I have to let them know that I am here and I’m not leaving! This doesn’t mean that I am going in for a fight, but I do have to make my presence known and be sure to serve each of my schools as best as possible.

I met with one of my principals yesterday and we were making a plan for next year. It was a great meeting! She gave me long range plans so I can begin to figure out the best technology for each grade level to use with their standards. I want to have meaningful trainings and I hope that this will help.

If any of you out there have great ideas, plans, or reflections for assisting teachers in a not so tech savy school, please let me know!!

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  •    MaryAnn Sansonetti  |  April 24th, 2008 at 7:31 pm     

    Keep your expectations high while still meeting them on their level. I am making ground with the teacher who doesn’t use email. I actually had an email from her today … asking for assistance. YAY! It will be easier next year when they see its the same person… I promise!

  •    Greg Smith  |  April 28th, 2008 at 1:52 pm     

    Sorry, I posted in the wrong section. I’m only a tech teacher what do you expect. haha

    Keep your head up. One thing that has helped me is to develop a philosophy for reaching every teacher. I try to remember that everyone wants to be included in what is going on. If you can get a few to get excited and going strong it will eventually spread.
    For those that are very reluctant will take some effort. Spend some quality time with them helping to make them comfortable with the little technology that they do use.
    7 years ago I had some teachers that just couldn’t work their email. So, I started sending out a picture that was cropped out of a bigger picture. The picture was of a familiar object around the school. The first one to email me back with what the picture was would get a prize. Here’s the catch: after I sent the email. I would go to those teacher’s rooms and help them open the attachment and save it to their computers. After 2 to 3 times of doing that they were able to open and save the attachment without me. Their confidence grew and I got my way! Soon they were opening Word docs and everything without my help!
    It was small, but it was a step. Keep after it, you will get them there.
    I hope that made some kind of sense. ;-)

  •    techjulia  |  April 28th, 2008 at 2:20 pm     

    Thanks for the encouraging words Greg! I am going to plan to do exactly what you said…start small! Then, hopefully it will spread throughout the school.
    -techjulia

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