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15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator

  • 1.  15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator

    Posted 07-28-2015 12:12
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: ISTE Commons and Project ReimaginED .
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    I read this post over the weekend, "15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator" (https://www.edsurge.com/n/2015-07-22-15-tips-for-new-teachers-from-a-technology-facilitator). As I get ready to start my 20th year in education, I thought there were some great suggestions on there that also applied to me. The one that surprised me most? #4. I doubt I could have done that as a new teacher.

    Any that resonate with you? What would you add to this list?

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    Lisa Fink
    Project Manager
    ReadWriteThink.org at NCTE
    Urbana IL
    (217) 278-3622
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  • 2.  RE: 15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator

    Posted 07-30-2015 19:46
    I read that article as well. I thought it was a very comprehensive list. I can still remember almost 30 years ago when I first started...the words of the teacher with whom I had done my student teaching...she told me as I was getting ready to begin in my 6th grade classroom...start with the content area that you are most comfortable or confident with...focus on that...get it organized, get it together...make it the area that you begin to experiment with--so you start to innovate from a strong foundation with content. Of course innovation was demonstrated in very different ways 30 years ago...but the courage to take that risk was still a requirement.  So following up on that...I would also add, to remember that you will make a lot of decisions that may not play out in the way you intended. Don't consider these failures. They are opportunities to learn, hone your craft, reflect and revise--just as we want to model that process to our students.  Mistakes are opportunities to learn...so nothing wrong with that!


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    Paula Don
    Director, Ed Tech
    School District of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia PA
    (215) 400-5105
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  • 3.  RE: 15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator

    Posted 07-31-2015 09:28
    I was thinking about the very important tip: Make time for yourself that is not school related...how important this is.
    Then, I saw this article come through my newsfeed:  Text Messaging A New Strategy for Parental Engagement
    http://thenotebook.org/blog/158832/text-messaging-new-strategy-parental-engagement

    While I applaud the use of social media/texting, etc..anything to increase parental engagement, this would have the capacity of blurring that line between personal and professional. Unless we have a "school" phone, or allow our personal phones to accept a work related account...what are the responsibilities then about responding to texts in a timely manner, what about weekends? Will parents expect responses right away...can we, should we have "office text" hours...???
    I don't know--  Should there be limits to how accessible we are, now that we can be contacted 24/7?
    Paula


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    Paula Don
    Director, Ed Tech
    School District of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia PA
    (215) 400-5105
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  • 4.  RE: 15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator

    Posted 08-03-2015 09:08
    This is a great post and will be helpful to not only new teachers but veterans.  As technology integrators many people falsely believe that tech is the answer to all our classroom problems. As they soon find out it is only a tool and only effective when used appropriately.  I will share the article with our PLN. 

    Thanks, Kim

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    Kim Breuninger
    Ed. Technology Programs Coordinator
    Chester County Intermediate Unit
    Downingtown PA
    (484) 237-5098
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  • 5.  RE: 15 Tips for New Teachers From a Technology Facilitator

    Posted 08-03-2015 09:19
    Paula,
    I agree that it is essential to make time for ourselves and to be able to shut off our minds so they can relax and process.  I often talk about the "shower moments" moments when good ideas seem to appear.  The shower is probably one of the few places where you can close your eyes and relax, enjoying the feel of the water and blocking of outside interference.  That is of course, if you don't have small children!

    Regarding the use of social media, tools like Remind are extremely useful and provide a great connection to parents and others involved with a child's education.  I also feel it is critical to establish limits and expectations. 24/7 access is unrealistic and puts the teacher in the awkward position of choosing between work, family and relaxation. Notifying parents of important situations is great so they can deal with the issues in a timely fashion at home.

    Good topic Paula.  

    Kim

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    Kim Breuninger
    Ed. Technology Programs Coordinator
    Chester County Intermediate Unit
    Downingtown PA
    (484) 237-5098
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