Friday, January 30, 2015

Forging Ahead - The Start of it All

Staying Afloat: 
The beginning of my role as a TLC

"Forging Ahead" By: Gordon Edgar

      As I look back at the past few months, I have made a lot of adjustments and had to learn many new responsibilities in my role as Technology and Learning Coach.  I first must give enormous kudos and thanks to many folks who have provided constant support and feedback to the start of the school year.  Specifically I want to thank Heli Shelley, former TLC at my school for making this transition as easy as possible to walk into. The TIS team of our district, Donna Teuber, Janine Sears, MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood, Lisa Knoche, Pam Hanfland, and Chuck Holland for their work in the summer and beginning of the year to provide training and physically coming to my work environment to get things organized.  The next group is the TLC family across our district.  We have wonderful people in these positions providing support for teachers and I've enjoyed learning from their experiences about how to best work with my teachers.  


Summer Training:

ISTE and Peer Coaching:  

ISTE Atlanta:  This conference blows me away with it's enormity of innovation on display.  This one conference somehow consolidates all the edtech in the world in one location for four days.  I really enjoyed this experience because of the opportunity to engage with educators and companies working to enhance education to its greatest heights.  I was excited by the opportunity to share my experience with the classroom and how that impacted student learning.  
"Connected Learners" Presentation

I am excited by the connections I made as well as the ones made by my fellow colleagues that attended.  We all came away refreshed and excited by future ideas.  Something in the works by our dynamic duo in the Media Center, Mrs. Swetnam (Media Specialist) and Mrs. Turner (Media Assistant), is making a Video Makerspace.  I look forward to future posts on this work.  We wrote a proposal for ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia on this work.  

Peer Coaching:


Don't let the cheesey book cover fool you.  This is an excellent book by Les Foltos and I highly recommend it for anyone who is working with teachers.  Foltos provides strong strategies on how to help teacher improve and stretch themselves as an educator.  Peer Coaching is not about mentoring and training teachers.  Peer Coaching is teacher driven and is about working alongside and being a support system for teachers on how they want to grow.  Our TIS crew who led our 1st Peer Coaching co-hort over the summer and now into the fall semester has done wonderful work challenging our thinking of how we as TLC's can work alongside teachers in the classroom.  What I have found the most exciting is implementing this approach and the positive response by my teachers.  They are excited about the school year and want to collaborate with myself and our Media Specialist.  I am truly humbled by the opportunity to work with our teachers at BMS and have really enjoyed sharing their great work through this blog.

Stay tuned for Part II as I reflect on the first semester.

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