A little about myself
I have been a professor at Ivy Tech for four years now with a former experience in classroom education. My background includes teaching 6th, 7th & 8th graders, 4th grade, 3rd grade, 2nd grade and 1st grade students.
However, my real passion is teaching 2nd and 3rd grade students. That's my favorite age to teach. They are young enough to enjoy all the silly things younger kids enjoy, but old enough to comprehend and understand. They like to laugh, giggle, dance, sing and learn in a a variety of crazy ways. I never felt like I was the traditional teacher. I did things a little different. I am a horrible singer, and I would never sing in public, but in the classroom, I would sing and dance little songs to them al the time. I did my best to try to think of creative and different ways to help my students master a concept. I would spend hours making a PowerPoint or a FlipChart for the students so my lessons would be entertaining. In addition, I would always try to incorporate as much technology as possible into my classroom.
I guess the main reason I loved technology in the classroom was because I was the technology coordinator for my school for over 24 years. I just couldn't get enough technology in the school setting. While I was teaching, I was constantly looking for new ways to keep my students entertained. The more technology became available to us, the more creative I could be.
Technology is not going away, so we as teachers need to keep finding new ways to teach our students. In with the new, out with the old!
I am currently teaching on-line classes to Ivy Tech future teachers, and I am excited to teach "Technology in Education" for the first time. This will not only be a learning experience for for, me but for all of us. I'm sure during this course, we will be tweaking the course as we go. If you are one of my students, please don't hesitate to give me input on ideas you might have.