Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Blog Assignment #11
Ms. Cassidy's video Little Kids...Big Potential was truly inspirational. What a joy to see children engaged in "today's" classroom. Seeing students around technology--computers, Nintendos, video cameras--these are all sights we see continually. But in the classroom? Oh, yes! say the first graders in Ms. Cassidy's class.
I know after these weeks in EDM310, I have progressed so far. "Could I be a Ms. Cassidy?" I ask myself. Could I reach a bar this high. What would it take? I would love to use podcasts and videos and blogs in my classroom. I ask again, "What will it take?" My biggest fear is fear itself. Where is the ever-present lab tech? You're looking at her. Frightful! I would hope that I could relax enough to allow technology to become the teacher's favorite tool.
If I had to state a plan it would certainly be to start small, but surely not to do nothing. To do nothing would be to go backwards. I would start small, but add often. I would seek out those who had done it successfully and ask questions. After all, if I've learned anything it is that the community is large and full of wonder. When I feel discouraged, I think I'll visit Ms. Cassidy's class again.