How Technology Has Helped Me Become a Teacher Leader
It's about to get self-reflective up in here.
I've been blogging for a few months now, but realized I have shared very little about my journey. This post will touch a little bit on a lot of things, while focusing on how I became the teacher leader I am today and how technology helped me get there.
Rewind to June 2012. I was a fresh college grad and was offered a position teaching science at the school I am still at today. I was told that I would be receiving an iPad as part of my contract. To be honest, I was stoked. Not only was I employed (woohoo!) but I also got a new piece of technology to tinker with. I spent that whole first school year trying things out and exploring the iPad.
In the 2013-2014 school year, we launched a 1:1 iPad program in grades 9-12. It was awesome. I decided to flip my class after seeing Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann speak at NSTA. I was inspired, motivated, and had endless energy. I immediately started collecting data on how my flipped classroom was going and I was thrilled with the results. In June of 2014 I began my Masters in Educational Technology at University of Delaware, my alma mater.
Over the course of the next few years, a lot happened. During this time I did a lot of learning, much of that thanks to the amazing tech team I was working with. Through the mentorship of my principal and a fellow teacher leader, I grew immensely and said YES to a lot of opportunities. I became a part of the team that teaches incoming students about the technology they will be using in high school. I joined our curriculum mapping team. I gained confidence in what I was doing in my classroom and began to share that with my colleagues through in house professional development.
In March of 2015 I presented at my first conference and I was hooked. Presenting provided me with an audience to share my excitement and extend the reach of my experiences beyond my school. I continue to provide professional development in my building, but also at conferences. I have presented at NSTA, LLI, and more.
In 2016, I launched a computer science curriculum at my school. Inspired my #CS4all and guided by some of my graduate school professors, I developed a plan and got the support of my administration. Starting in the Fall of 2016, every freshman takes computer science.
Fast forward to today. Having earned my Masters degree in 2016, I am continuing to find ways to learn new things. I am teaching our first cohort of AP Computer Science Principles students. I am still working with teachers in my building and will present at NCEA for the first time this Spring. I am blogging and tweeting my little heart out and look forward to learning something new every day.
Ed tech has provided me with chances to learn, grown, and share.