I know I will not always be working with Grade 1 students, but for the remainder of this year and for next year, that’s where I will be. Slaving (I mean that in the nicest of ways, because I love what I do) away working with students, who some start at the age of 5 and others end having just turned 7. My instruction is focused on teaching students the basics: how to read and write and do some math. (You won’t believe what we are asking students to do these days in these subjects…gone are the days of ditto sheets and regurgitating information.) Throw in some science, social studies and all the rest, you got a pretty full curriculum. It boggles my mind when I think of everything that is learned in Grade 1…and for most students, for the first time too!
I am also proud to say that I also get to work with what I think is one of the best IT teams there is. The people who work on our ISB 21 Century Literacy team are experts in their field and they work hard at helping classroom teachers integrate technology in our classrooms to improve instruction and learning.
At present, I am told that I should be exposing my students to different uses of technology. I am doing that. But something tells me I could be doing more…but what, how, when and at what cost…what’s going to give? How do I integrate it more fully so that my students are getting the best introduction to IT?
My frustration is that I am ready and willing…but so much out there is geared towards older students. Maybe this isn’t a bad thing. Developmentally what is appropriate for Grade 1 students? Maybe I should lower my expectations? (I have never been good at that!)
What has resulted in this inquiry of mine are some good discussions with my amazing colleagues and our IT experts. Taking this course is another way that I have chosen to address these questions. I am open to answers and opinions, so please feel free to respond.
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