Whew, what a ride! It has been interesting journey with this class. I have learned so much, but I still have so much to learn. I was put on an amazing team that was the best support I could have ever wanted. We worked really well with each other and made sure we were there for each other.
This class reinforced my belief that if students are engaged in learning they learn! I took over for a teacher who had 30-plus years in education. However, most of the students had checked out of their own education. They were bored and hated English.
I am very thankful that I have a daughter who is a digital native. First thing out of her mouth, Mom, please remember that kids are different today. I really realized that the first week as I watched my students use their phones more than they wanted to read a book. Then, we had a discussion about cell phone privacy. Bingo! 1984 by George Orwell’s “Big Brother is Watching” theme came to my mind.
I spent many weeks not teaching but facilitating students teaching themselves using George Orwell’s book that dealt with technology and invasion of technology. My daughter came and taught us how to do Prezis. Things took off from there concerning technology. They loved every minute being able to use technology to present learned knowledge. I spoke their language, and they flourished.
This class has solidified how important it is to reach these kids. It will not be with pencil and pen. I have to speak their language, the language of digital natives, also known as technology. The rest will be history.
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