Since my posts on classroom have been fairly positive, I thought I’d share the frustration that was the first day of exchanging students for mathematics. I can’t point to one thing that went wrong (because so many things did), but I think the problem was that it’s like re-winding to the first day of school, only it’s two weeks in which feels weird, and causes all sorts of dis-congruities, and logistical issues. Anyhow, I thought it was only fair to share the bitter since it’s all been sweetness and light on my blog up until now. I think it’ll settle tomorrow, but it’s all part of the job, isn’t it?
Howdy! I teach sixth grade at an elementary school in Sacramento, CA. I started my career in Oakland, Ca, and moved here to Sacramento in 2001.
My goals are:
- To reflect on how I am teaching, and how effective my practices are;
- To integrate and embed technology in the curriculum I teach; and,
- To network with other like-minded educators.
To help me reach my goals, I use this blog as a place for me to reflect on best practices, and the practices I’m (trying to) putting in place in my classroom.
My philosophy of teaching is pragmatic (I’ll use what works, and I’m not particularly wed to one theory or another). I want students thinking critically, and engaged in what they are learning (Constructivism), but I know that many of my students (language learners and others) need schema, scaffolding, and explicit modeling, so I’m not afraid to use those as well.
My philosophy of technology education is that teaching comes first, but technology is an awesome tool to use to engage students, and help them create stuff. I prefer that the learning goal guide the use of technology, and not the other way around.
That’s the big picture. Other salient details are that I can be sharp, but I prefer to see the positive and connect with others rather than fighting and argufying. I can be hard on others (having high expectations), but no harder than I am on myself.
I can be contacted here.