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Back in the Saddle

It has been a LONG time since I posted on my blog, but my teaching life has undergone some recent changes that have been making it so that I have a desire to begin writing again. Most notably, my regular fellowship with the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship (KSTF) came to an end this summer. After five wonderful and growth-promoting years I now am no longer required to attend and participate in KSTF meetings and activities. I still have opportunities as a senior fellow that I plan to attend, but the opportunities are more a la carte.

I’ve wanted to get back to writing because it provides a space for reflection on my teaching that KSTF has fulfilled for five years. I’m hoping the regular use of my blog will help me to maintain that reflection and lead to some of the same growth as I’ve experienced in KSTF.

Next blog post, my implementation of and experience, thus far, with a flipped classroom.

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What are your plans?

Today the district was videotaping classes and interviewing Digital Educator Leadership Training (DELT) teachers. DELT is the district’s program for adding tech in the classroom and helping to build technology leaders in the district. The district has received three separate grants which have been combined to create the DELT program (My money came from ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – yep stimulus money… I guess a thank you is in order). This allows the teachers to receive between $5000 and $6000 for technology purchases of their choice for their classrooms. I submitted my application for the third and final DELT cohort on Monday and (drumroll please…)  I was selected! Now I have to figure out how to spend it… Tough job huh?

As I was saying, there was a film crew in the school today and I was added as a last minute interview as someone who was just starting out with DELT. Their main questions for me were about my goals for using technology in my classroom. So here is want I told them: 1) I want to increase and enhance student engagement through technology, 2) use technology that students and their parents are familiar and comfortable with more effectively, and 3) get my content in my student’s hands and onto their devices my often.

This is my main starting point for my professional growth plan for my Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship (KSTF, see I am looking forward to how this changes and is adapted over the year.