Teaching in the 21st Century

Staring at the computer screen my mouse hovers over the submit button. A bead of sweat forms on my forehead and I almost chicken out. All I had to do was submit the codes for the classes I wished to attend in the coming winter semester, yet one class in particular contributed to most of my nerves – EDTC300. Since my academic advisor had brought up the idea of taking a fourth year education elective in my first year due to unavoidable circumstances, a pit of dread had formed in my stomach. I had believed that classes at this level would hold me to insurmountable standards that a first year pre-service teacher would never be able to handle.

photo of technologically advanced classroom. Each child has a handheld device while the teacher uses a smart board.
Photo Credit: evolutionlabs Flickr via Compfight cc

My stress and uncertainty can be affirmed by my first ECS Professor Katia Hildebrandt who read through my pitiful emails and somehow found the right words to encourage me to take the class. Now I find myself in one of the most exciting and riveting classes I have ever taken. It has only been the first week, but I can already feel that this class will aid me in exploring the uses of technology in the classroom as well as delve deeper into myself as a future educator in the twenty first century.

Being a first year pre-service teacher has its advantages and disadvantages. An advantage being that my memories of my past teachers struggling to use a smart board or attempting to create a coherent powerpoint are fresh. These cringe-filled moments allow me to learn from their mistakes, as well as engage in technological initiatives in my classrooms and placements. A disadvantage is that I am in the early stages of transitioning from the ‘student who was on their phone during class’ to the ‘teacher that utilizes phones in the classroom’. I have much to learn as far as educating and engaging students in the classroom, but feel that my plethora of experience using technology will aid me in my future as a teacher.

I can still remember the many classes I have blogged in before. I had made too many accounts that have since been forgotten. Despite the encouragement from my teachers to continue blogging, I was never taught how blogging could aid me in the future or the benefits to having such a creative outlet in writing. Looking back now I wish that I would have taken more of an interest in blogging.

The idea of blogging being an actual requirement for the Education faculty makes me excited that such opportunities are being taken to improve teacher experience in the classroom. I feel that by the end of this course I will have a better understanding of how to utilize technology productively. And what better reason to blog as a teacher than what Brian Crawford says in his article Five Reasons Teachers Should Start a Blog, “There is already a large community of teachers out there who are blogging – sharing classroom ideas, posting links to free and paid curriculum, and meeting other educators from around the world.” I can’t wait to continue blogging after this class is over and well into my career as an educator. As the teacher community continues to grow and connect, I want to be a part of it.

As the teacher community continues to grow and connect, I want to be a part of it. 

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Author: Hayley Hodson

I have known I wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I never had a doubt in my mind of what I wanted to be in this world. Even though I was certain of the end goal, I never stopped to wonder what the journey to get to that point would look like. This blog is it. This blog is the messy middle where I transition from student to teacher. Every thought and belief I have and learn throughout my education is posted to this blog in order to document my journey in becoming a teacher. I invite you all to join me as I strive to become more than just a teacher, but also a kind and inclusive citizen.

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