Tuesday, November 10, 2009

MY HAT, MY LAPTOP AND MY RED BAG.... And I am off again....

For me, teaching is filled with possibilities of learning so much. I learn by observing, by doing and I learn thru experiences. I love the magic of getting into an airplane in one part of the world and ending up on a huge learning adventure on the other. It is like being on the Miss Frizzle bus....

I am humbled and extremely excited to have been awarded by Marathon Oil Co. a coveted position in a feasibility study travel team that is researching in W. Africa for the next 2 weeks. We will be studying technology integration in their global educational centers and researching the feasibility of using technology to build more fiscally acceptable English Language centers on location.
This award is a tremendous yet humbling vindication of my current teaching philosophy and practices....however, I readily admit that I am still fumbling. Bringing 21st century teaching tools to remote areas of the African rain forest will give me immeasurable angles into how to best improve my implementation of GL district technology offerings in Rm 103.

I would like to take this chance to thank every one of you coming to class every day ready and willing to do your best. Thank you for giving me a fair chance to share with you and thank you for accepting me as your teacher. This was an AMAZING Tri for me and you had all to do with it. I learned so much from you that I know that next Tri will be even better because of you and because of you valuable input.

I also want to give a shout out to my administration for being brave enough to allow this little farm town teacher to reach for the sky to bring back the moon to her students. Opportunities like this simply do not happen to people like me and I promise to use this privilege to refill my teaching goody bag and share on my return. Please take a moment to thank my admin. so that they know that the community has their backs in innovative and bold decisions like this one.

So I am off to learn, so I can teach, so I can learn, so I can teach, so I can learn....and may learning never stop