We are living in some interesting times. With the implementation of technology in our schools, so comes inevitable change and growing pains. There is a honeymoon phase for sure- and then some bumps in the road. Primarily, the rollout is full of anticipation and enthusiasm, then the inevitable question.. “Now What?” This is the question I’ve been waiting for, and the fun begins. Pedagogically speaking, this is WHY we do what we do. And because we cannot possibly have all of the front-loading PD before rollout, (nor would that be beneficial), there are a few gaps and glitches.
As far as I can see, we are right on track.
However, this week, along with a deadline for progress reports, we are facing the additional crunch of taking a pause and the continuation of McGuinty Mondays.
As a technology coach, it is my job to work with teachers and students to incorporate technology in the classroom. Essentially, everything comes back to the student. As we are wayfinding it is essential for us to be respectful of the viewpoints and values of the educators and administrators in different schools and classrooms. Again I say, in all we do, it all comes back to the students.
So as we address professional development needs of our staff, to support our students, we take a variety of approaches. Through staff meetings, Professional Learning Communities, after-school and lunch break PD sessions, online webinars and a gajillion emails, we support our teachers in their technology-based pedagogy, because that’s our job. Ultimately, we cannot support learning alongside our students without supporting our teachers.
(And, I’ve always wanted to ride an elephant.)