I work as a technology integration specialist, an instructional coach if you will. Every year my role is different. The focus keeps changing and it takes on different dimensions. At times I am evangelist, troubleshooter, tinker, researcher, dreamer, clerk, record keeper, obstacle and teacher. As the summer begins I look back on the past year and the work I have done within my district and with educators outside the district. I am beginning to reflect on the highs and lows, strengths and weaknesses, success and failures.
I provide formal workshop/course style PD, informal assistance and one on one consultation with instructional planning and support. I believe the latter is the most productive and important part of my work. I have been thinking about the educators who make the most strides and whose classrooms are full of engaged, active learners. These educators all have two things in common: they are active learners and place the needs of their students first. They create classroom environments and experiences that focus on learning. They do not overly dwell on standards and assessments they focus on the young people in their rooms. If these educators do not have the skills or knowledge they need to support their students, they seek it out and learn what they need when they need it.
I recently read a couple of posts by Ryan Bretag that relate to my thoughts; I Choose Bounding and Education Values Landing. If I use these terms the teachers who seek learning, have success in adapting technology value bounding. The question is how can I reach those who value landing?