Well, at least I will be a certified professional as of August 2013! As for right now, I'm still in teacher prep school and "learning the ropes" of this collaborative new world of technology and teaching. Unbeknownst to these "Rope Masters" I am a quick study!
In our last class meeting we created our own electronic professional profile! Well, not quite since most of us haven't really completed anything "professional" as of yet, so we have really only began our e-portfolio's. By learning how to navigate through weebly.com, we laid down a concrete foundation and framework. The work we complete throughout the year will continue to fill the open spaces, evolving and shifting the overall product that is our professional portfolio. (At first I was going to say "resumé" but "portfolio" just sounds so much more... well, professional!)
I was surprised by Weebly! The format was extremely user-friendly in design choices and overall layout, allowing more time to be spent on the actual content! Or more time allocated to creating pages of multimedia additions such as a link to this blog and a sweet slideshow of my pictures! Very cool. The benefits of such an amazing online resource are pretty obvious, but in my opinion, I love the fact that I will be getting my name out in the professional world of teachers, as well as keeping my documents, and other such "records of practice," easily accessible to potential employers in the (hopefully near) future.
And back to being serious...
I've noticed an emerging theme from courses, professors, and our mentors at Scarlett: time is precious, yet limited in the teaching profession. Even our guest speaker last Friday mentioned how he had to weigh the pros and cons of his Angry Birds math project. He mentioned that there was always a tradeoff in teaching. For him, allocating more time towards playing the Angry Birds game in class, (since every student may not have had the resources), was more valuable than spending that time drawing graphs of polar equations. Students who did not normally participate in class were more involved in the Angry Birds math project.
Another problem the guest speaker mentioned was finding the time to stay on top of his content knowledge. As teachers we should always be improving our craft and become fluent in new technology, teaching strategies, and/or recent studies with illuminating results. And then there's school responsibilities such as lunch meetings, parent conferences, study hours, etc. One way our guest speaker was able to fulfill his responsibilities as a professional teacher was by using Twitter's recent innovation: Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is awesome. It lets you organize your twitter feeds based on your preferences. A useful tool for teachers looking for an efficient way to stay up-to-date on current subject content/knowledge, without sacrificing their time! As a teacher time is limited. Twitter/Tweetdeck can be used to help mitigate this problem of not having enough time and the need to find resources or interesting developments in the education field.