Making the Most of the New Year

by Beth Knittle on January 6, 2015

A new year means a time for reflection and a new start, as educators we get two every year.  We start fresh each school year and get a boost mid-way through with the start of a new calendar year.  I take the winter break to reflect on how the year is going and what type of course corrections need to be made.  How will I make the most of the second half of the school year? How will I make 2015 the best year for my students?

My students are teachers who are working in a relatively new mobile learning environment.  My greatest desire for them is to find joy in being learners, to celebrate their risk taking and exploration of mobile learning.  I want them to feel free to make mistakes and take pride in learning from them.  They have been given the opportunity to transform their classrooms by integrating digital technology in a 1:1 learning environment.  I plan on supporting them by providing a variety of examples, modeling the tools, supporting in creative class instruction, facilitating teacher to teacher and teacher to student collaboration.

The air is full of excitement, opportunity and a little bit of nervousness there is no better time to dive in and figure it out together.


Happy New Year!

by Beth Knittle on December 29, 2014

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading my thoughts over the course of the year and sharing yours as we continue to learn. I wish you all a Joyous New Year may it be filled grace, peace and love.


A Teacher’s Thoughts on Testing

by Beth Knittle on December 24, 2014

A colleague of mine shared with me An Open Letter to American From a Public School Teacher, by Michael Mau.  It is a really is a good read and gets you thinking. I know many educators who are questioning why they are still in education. The classroom educational experience has undergone many changes in the last couple of decades and teachers feel they are being pulled in conflicting directions increase personalized learning and creativity and increase standardized testing.  Not that they are mutually exclusive, but with a limited budget and number of hours in the day streamlined instruction that focus on testing tends to win out.



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