14 years in the classroom 7 years teaching art
Hands on Teaching Style, Curriculum Integration, Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, Creative Lesson Planning, Curriculum Development, Instructional Best Practices, Classroom Management Standardized Testing, Learner Assessment, Experiential Learning Special Needs Students
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Carleton University Ottawa University
OUT OF ALL BAD COMES GOOD ........................................... Years ago, I had a really difficult principal. She gave me a week to start using technology in the classroom, and I panicked. I was very computer literate when I started teaching but I only used Word and Google to do my job back then, so my computer skills eroded over time. I poured my heart and sole into creating something that my students would like. I had a really great group of kids that year. So I spent the entire weekend going through tutorials, researching material and going through videos. I wanted my slideshow to be both educational and fun. We all know that kids really just want to have fun! If we can teach them something at the time, great! Monday morning came, and I was really apprehensive to show them my slideshow. I had never done anything like that before, and I had no idea what to expect. Would they find it boring and hate it or would they think it was ok? Kids don’t hold back any punches, if they didn’t like, I would definitely hear about it. With my heart in my throat, I pressed play. Applause sounded as the slideshow ended and some students even gave it a standing ovation. They asked if I could play it again and again. They even wanted to dance to the videos. My eyes welled with tears of joy and relief. They liked it. They really, really liked it. Phew! Five years and dozens of slides later, I found myself spending an increasing amount of time making slideshows. Until eventually I found that I preferred doing the slides more than teaching. So I left teaching to pursue a career creating educational content.