Seeing as it’s the end of the year, and the perfect time for reflection given that our three-week semester break started yesterday and our friends from Munich won’t arrive until Monday, I thought I would take some time to list my recent achievements at ISB.
There’s something about the act of writing things down that helps solidify them in my mind – it’s almost as if I don’t write them down, they didn’t happen (which definitely makes me wonder what I did before I started blogging two and a half years ago). And, even though I know I have all of these things already recorded in various posts here on this blog, it really helps organize my own thoughts by listing them all in one space.
In addition to keeping myself organized and up-to-date, I also love the idea of sharing successes. I am always inspired by all of the amazing things I read from my personal learning network, and I would love to see a similar list of achievements from other edubloggers (if you have the inclination and the time). Being able to follow up with a concise list of the fantastic work I know everyone is doing would be just perfect for a type-a personality, such as myself!
So, in the interests of sharing and reflecting, here’s my highlighted list of achievements over the past year and a half at ISB:
- Building productive and positive collaborative teaching relationships with staff, at both the individual level, and the team level, including teachers in “my” division (elementary), as well as the other two divisions of the school.
- Co-planning and co-teaching a wide variety of projects, using the Understanding by Design process, which authentically embed 21st century literacy skills with teachers at each grade level in the elementary school, as well as additional projects in the middle and high schools, on request.
- Bridging and merging the educational technology team and the library team to form a new, cross-school department focused on 21st century learning: the ISB21 Team.
- Collaboratively designing the future of 21st century learning at ISB: through curriculum planning, presenting to leadership team, and working within the tech and library departments.
- Continually striving for change within the school structure, focusing on 21st century learning.
- Helping teachers build their understanding of how 21st century tools can help students learn through collaboration on projects, the development of a Professional Learning Community, after school and weekend PD, leading faculty meetings, in-school presentations, sharing of resources and casual conversation.
- Planning, implementing and teaching a new graduate-level, 5-course SUNY Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy.
- Building parental understanding of 21st century literacy tools in a positive, exciting and approachable manner.
- Publicly documenting ES student success through the use of 21st century communication tools, as well as traditional communication methods.
- Extensive professional development – learning as an attendee, receiving awards, presenting (at quite a few conferences), bringing in experts, and consulting.
- Learning to be a better teacher by working with elementary students and teachers.
- Focusing on curriculum development, specifically planning units of inquiry which authentically embed technology and 21st century literacy skills.
- Collaborating with teachers to plan and teach units that engage, motivate and excite students about their learning from kindergarten to grade five.
- Helping students and teachers build Personal Learning Networks – connecting people around learning and making meaningful connections
- Collaborating with teams on developing, documenting and sharing an overarching vision for learning – looking at “the big picture“
- Building excitement and enthusiasm around technology and 21st century literacy – differentiating, connecting and collaborating – with students, teachers and parents
- Bringing new tools to our Learning Hub that will enable students, teachers, and parents to take full advantage of the multimedia resources we have to offer.
- Coordinating and leading professional development training on technology and 21st century tools
- Continually learning and reflecting with and using 21st century tools to share, connect and collaborate with others both within our school environment and among the global community of educators I am proud to call my Personal Learning Network
- Taking a leadership role on projects outside of the school environment to further enhance and build my understanding of 21st century learning.
- Reflecting and refining practices to ensure that I am learning from each experience.
Phew! I’m tired just looking at this list! It’s amazing how quickly you forget what you’ve done if you don’t take the time to reflect. And, of course the constant influx of amazing things streaming in via Twitter and Google Reader, is always inspiring to do more, to go further, to keep moving. Sometimes it’s nice to just take a moment to see how far we’ve come. There is always more to be done, always the next steps to take, but for right now, I think I’m pretty happy with what I see here.
What are your major accomplishments for the year? Please feel free to share a link to your own list in the comments here!