During the summer of 2017 I learned a lot about innovation without thinking of it as just that. I was taught that technology can be used to a teachers advantage in education rather than a disadvantage. I think that if any teacher wants to continue to grow then they need to be able to innovate.
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To me, innovation means staying up to date with things that will enable me to become a better teacher. I never want to stop learning. I will always be a student who teaches what I know to other students. I think it is important to never stop learning.
Everyone is so different from one another that there is no right way for someone to learn. It is my responsibility to determine different ways to teach people so everyone is able to learn the way that works best for them. Technology is a great resource to use in order to research those different ways to make my teaching more helpful for students.
After this summer I plan to continue using my teacher Twitter account. I want to keep up to date with all of the different people who share things about education. I have learned a lot from other followers about different teaching styles and I really benefited from it. I hope that one day I will be sharing helpful things for those educators as well and we can both help each other out.
One thing that I know is super important is being able to collaborate with other teachers. Not only will I collaborate with teachers at the school I will be teaching at, I will be able to collaborate with other teachers over the internet. I think this is a great way to get different ideas a long with bouncing ideas off of each other.
One thing I really took from the article from George Couros is when he says, “I am an innovative educator and I will continue to ask “what is best for learners”.” I want to always do what is best for my students and I will always do that. If I need to learn how to reteach something, I will do just that. I want to be able to be a teacher that can teach any student no matter how difficult it could be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class this summer and I learned a lot that I will take with me into the classroom.