This course, EDAT 6119: Infusing 21st Century Technology across the Content Areas, has definitely had a positive impact on my classroom planning, teaching and assessment. It has given me many technology resources for immediate use in my classroom, as well as many more to help carry out different ideas in my planning that go beyond worksheets as assessment or practice in the classroom. The use of technology in more of my lessons has motivated students beyond belief, and also provided them creative outlets for learning, practicing and applying their classroom learning in creative ways.
Three of the artifacts completed for this course are included below, as well as an explation of what they taught me and what course goals and INTASC standards they helped to meet.
Principle 1: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the disciplines he/she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
Principle 2: The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
Principle 3: The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to the diverse learner.
Principle 4: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
Principle 5: The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
Principle 6: The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
Principle 7: The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and curriculum goals.
Principle 8: The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
Principle 9: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
Principle 10: The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support learning and well being.