Hi there and welcome to my site! The site although far from finished, is intended to help gain some insight into my classroom while lending an understanding to me and my teachings.
A few things that I have tried to do: I feel that as the uses of technology expand and the younger generations are becoming more adept in using all the resources available to them, I feel that as a teacher it is my duty to help guide students on how to use these tools while giving them opportunities to be creative as well as using the tools to differentiate between students and assignments. Therefore, one of my goals is to stay up to date as well as seek out and learn more technologies while understanding the benefits and shortcomings that they offer.
I want to create not only a site that gives light to my teaching philosophy, but also demonstrates that there are ways of using technology and the web to present information in a non-traditional way. A way to allow students to take control of their work and being able to show what they have learned and be able to tie it all together and showcase their accomplishments with their own web presence. I have included a few exemplars to demonstrate some of the small projects that we have done in class so far that you can find here, or click on "Student Portfolio Exemplars" drop down "Positive Messages" above in the menu drop-down.
What I hope is that with the creation of a personal/professional web presence and then a class site that will be used in actuality, I will be able to capitalize on the best of both worlds. My personal site is one that I am tending to lean towards making a more generic site that exhibits what I do and how I do it. The class site will be taking my thoughts and theories and putting them into real time and actual practice.
So as you go through my site, please let me know in your feedback in our discussion groups if the connection between the two sites is a poor choice and how I can improve upon it, or if it is a good decision to separate them in the way that I have. Also if you have any suggestions on what other components to add that may enhance either of the sites they are more than welcomed. And lastly, please let me know about the aesthetics of the two sites.
This is about growth and understanding, and I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead.