Personalizing 24/7 Learning to Create Lifelong Learners
We're almost done with the first half of the school year! If you're like me, you're wondering where has the time gone. On a personal note, Ollie is already 28 inches long and 20 pounds, and he's getting bigger every day. As his mom, I want to say, "Slow down!" I feel like he outgrows his clothes in a weekend and learns one new thing every 5 minutes. I just got feeding him real food under control, and now we're going to be crawling soon. As a parent of an infant, I feel like I never have time to stop and catch my breath.
Sometimes, technology feels like that too. When you get one skill mastered, there's five more to practice. When you find an app that will help your kids succeed, there's an even better one that appears the next week. How can we stay ahead of the tech game? How can we ensure the best possible education for our kids?
Just like in parenting, it's all about baby steps. I am growing as a parent everyday because I have to. Ollie needs me to be the best mom I can be. That said, a lot of times, it's a series of trial and error until I find the best way to do something. When we first tried bottles with Ollie, we literally bought 5 different brands before we found the right one for him. Until we found our Munckin Latch bottles, I was frustrated with the process. Why wasn't it working? Why couldn't Ollie just figure it out? What if we never found a bottle that worked? Was I a bad mom? I feel like parenting is 90% me feeling like an idiot and 10% me being a successful mom.
Technology can sometimes feel like that too. And that's okay. We're going to have some trial and error. We're going to have some things that work and some that don't. We're going to have a lot of failures until we find what works best for our students.
This semester, I have been fortunate to be able to be in each building every week and work with you as we figure out the best way to teach our kids. We've had a lot of trial and error and a lot of success. I want to say thank you for the time and effort you've put into making baby steps with technology and teaching. We're all growing as educators because we know our students deserve our very best. It's not always been easy, and it has always been important.
I look forward to continuing our work together next semester. If I don't see you between now and Friday, have a restful and enjoyable break!
As always, let me know how I can help you in our technology adventures!
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What do "Future Ready" Students Look Like?
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Amy Zahakaylo & Bethany Ragar!
High five, Amy & Bethany, for supporting learning at school and at home!