Well, here is my first blog of the 2008-2009 school year. This year has started out so differently than last and I look forward to reflecting on my teaching and comparing last year to this year. I'm implementing monitoring notes in my daily instruction and while it's very new, I can't imagine how I survived last year without them. I have a much better sense of where my students are academically based on these notes. No more blind leading the blind!
I find myself using my white boards less and less; which is a good thing considering I'm a Global Learner and encouraged to use the technology I've been given. I use my laptop every second; whether it's to display prompts, Mug Shots, or highlighting text to scaffold the elements in narrative writing. While I am comfortable with the laptop and projector, I am scared to death of the SmartBoard. It's not that I don't want to use it, it's the challenge of trying to figure out how it works on my own. Not that I don't have people to help me. I'm more of a do-it-yourself type of gal. My goal for next week is to play around with it and use it for my Mug Shots during my Communications classes.I'm eager to get comfortable with my SmartBoard and google docs and watch my students' comprehension and application improve.