In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of making learning personalized for students and educators alike. So I guess it’s time for me to put it all out there and tell you about my own personal learning goals, how I’m going to get there, and how I’m totally scared shitless!

I’ve taken the first step and become a COETAILer again. That’s incredibly exciting because I know my cohort will be a soft place to land when I start to slip off the tightrope.

Next, I came up with the goals I want to achieve in my classroom and have decided to shout them from the rooftop. I’ve joined the #ObserveMe movement by publicly showcasing my classroom goals outside my classroom door. Observers can offer me feedback however they see fit, but for added ease, I’ve presented them with a QR code to an online questionnaire so they can offer feedback from the convenience of their handheld device.

…But this makes me a bit nervous too. I’m really taking a risk to put myself out there in front of all of my colleagues. I’m not sure my professional community is completely ready for the #ObserveMe culture, but I figure, if someone doesn’t take the plunge, then we’ll never get there. So I’m putting myself out there and seeing where it takes us.

Lastly, I’m publicly sharing my #COETAIL2 goals so I can’t deviate from them when the going gets tough. Here’s my plan:

  • I want to focus on moving myself on the SAMR continuum when integrating technology in my primary years classroom. Before using tech, I need to think: “Does this task modify or redefine learning? Does it deepen the students understanding? And does it help students use tech tools in more meaningful ways?” A trip to EmergingEdTech helped get the neurons firing about this topic again.
  • I want to take the risk and collaborate with the Middle School/High School Design Department to create an Augmented Reality Sandbox activity for my first graders. I think this activity will help them deepen their understanding of landforms as well as see technology change in real time. I then want to share this activity with the school community in an effort to collaborate and develop alternative uses for the sandbox. Then, I want to share the project with others in our local community as a possible tool for instruction.
  • I want to ensure that I maintain balance in my life. I need to be sure that I save time for my family… and myself.

I am apprehensive that I’ve taken on more than I can handle in a recruiting year. I’m nervous that I may publicly fail and I fear that I won’t meet the high expectations I have set out for myself and my students. I don’t want to feel this way, so I came up with a plan for that too! In order to avoid these rather large landmines of fear, I need to talk to myself as if I was one of my students: “Success doesn’t just come and find you. You have to go and get it!”

… I think I can. I think I can. I know I can!