It seems like I am constantly talking about where I was and where I am going. Looking back over the past few weeks of blogging I can see this very clearly. For example, I seem to say a lot, “I was doing this and now Mindlab has made me see how I can do it better.”
I think the Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC) I have engaged with well over this course is the criteria 4 which is demonstrating commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of professional practice. I have been looking critically at the content of Mindlab and actively looking at ways to do better what I am doing. I have always been reflective and looked at ways to develop my teaching. Having Mindlab as a coach has helped steer me in the right direction for how education is shaping up in New Zealand. It reminds me of a saying in the yogic tradition of how a yogi without a guru is like a rudderless sailboat sailing aimlessly about in the ocean of life.
Mindlab has helped invigorate my teaching career. For example, becoming a Seesaw Ambassador is a result of implementing ICT into the classroom programme this year. It has helped me teach children how to use ICT and also connect with the parent community. Further on from here I think these online learning journals are going to be more successful at showing parents justifications for national standard results and also show parents how they can help their children. Also tying in with the PTC of demonstrating in practice how akonga learn is when recently I videoed a child who had been struggling with the idea of ‘making a ten’ in mathematics. After a small lesson with me we recorded her working a sum out using the counters provided and it was then sent to her parents. This helped her parents see how she is being taught this and how they can reinforce this learning at home.
Becoming a Seesaw Ambassador will also require me to teach others in the teaching profession how to use this App effectively in the classroom. This links in with the PTC showing leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning. I think this also ties in with the PTC establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships focused on the well being of all akonga. Within teaching we all have the common goal of doing whats best for every child’s learning. To do this we must keep ourselves informed and up to date with any changes in pedagogy, or new regulations or new environments.
I have become critical of how I use social media and how this reflects me to my peers. I have now considered setting up a professional Facebook profile to use for educational learning purposes. I know feel included in a vast collaborative pool of other educators not only in New Zealand but internationally. I feel that my knowledge is more research based not airy fairy and based on an idea I had. It’s given me the opportunity to explore perspectives with others and see where I may need to change. It’s also helped me celebrate my successes.
In the future I want to be able to implement using online journals for each individual child and for this to replace our current reporting system. This would be a great way to teach children the importance of their online identity and provide a clear record to show far they have come in their learning journeys. I would like to see teachers use smarter technology to collect data about each individual child that creates our next steps for that child’s learning more effectively in a way that takes into consideration that child’s interests. I would like to see this replace the hours we spend slogging away being data collecting paper pushers to becoming inspiring educators for children.
I want to continue learning about how to harness technology to help us work smarter so we can spend more time doing the things we enjoy doing in our jobs.