Since 2001, I have always wanted to incorporate technology in my classroom. The district that I teach in is very big, but they have tried to have up to date technology (each classroom has a smartboard and I think all middle school and high school is 1:1.) Most years, the Technology Coaches for the district has classes in which you can get incentives (iPad, chromebook, document camera, etc.) for the classroom. I was blessed to have a wonderful Technology Coach (who got her masters at Lamar) who saw a passion for technology in me. I took one class in the summer of 2017 on Seesaw and I saw this as an opportunity to have the students start documenting what they were learning in the class. They were able to do a project and then they had to explain their project.
All of the readings have made me think a lot about my students that I have had in the past and the ones that I will be getting in my class this coming year. I would like to get a couple of the students that teachers would call "struggling" and have a couple of growth mindset classes with them. I will have to ask my administrators about this. I plan on implementing in different aspects of growth mindset in my class this year.
As I reflect over the last five weeks over all the concepts that I have learned about, I am excited about actually teaching growth mindset (vs. fixed mindset) to my first graders. In Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, she outlines four steps to a true growth mindset. For my first assignment for this class, I found activities to help with the first week of school. I am so excited to do these things with my students next week. I will be using more activities that I hope to share with all. Also, I am excited to teach myself and the students "The Power of Yet." As a teacher, we are pushed in all directions to learn "different" ways to teach and sometimes my fixed mindset (she has a name and it is "Fanny") tells me that I will just never get it. I have so much to learn. The growth will continue...