Embracing Change #etlead

Your gamer DNA is: Explorer

The Explorer motto: “No stone unturned!” Explorer Socializers are the glue of the online world. Not only do they like to delve in to find all the cool stuff, but they also enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. Explorer socializers power the wikis, maps, forums and theory craft sites of the gamer world.

Again, I am not a big gamer. So, when taking this quiz I had to imagine my professional attitude. I would say that the results describe me well. A few years ago, I would not have labeled myself as someone who is technologically correct. But, over the last few years, I have definitely gone above and beyond to embrace the twenty-first century classroom and learn as much technology as possible. I know that my students know more than I. In fact, many times I turn to them for tips on how to work this or how to do that with the technologies in my classroom. As an explorer, I am always trying new things to see if they will work for my classroom, and I am always looking for new ways to engage my students.

In the book, A New Culture of Learning, it talks about embracing change. We can all agree that technology is THE change of the twenty-first century. I like the book’s mention of the young adult’s fascination with the Harry Potter series. Many children became absorbed in the story that they could quickly recall many facts about the characters – as if the characters were real. If only our students could get as engaged in our lectures so that they absorbed the information that we are trying to transfer to them. Dave Burgess talks about the many “hooks” that we can use to make these connections with our students. In Teach Like a PIRATE he talks about how he sets the scene, dresses the part and creates a story that “hooks” his students into a new kind of learning. Its just a different way to embrace our changing students.

I would say that I am an Explorer. Over the last couple of years, I have explored many new strategies to teaching this new group of learners. I welcome the changes of the twenty-first century classroom. I only hope that I can keep up with my students.

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3 thoughts on “Embracing Change #etlead

  1. mmickelson01

    Brandy, it sounds like you are really embracing the changes in technology in your classroom. In thinking about going back into the classroom next year, I am wondering what sorts of technology I will use in my classroom. I know that I will have a document camera, maybe a smart board, a computer, hopefully access to laptops, and access to iPads. I wonder what technology you use in your class and how it works for you.

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  2. Mrs. Pickrell

    Hail fellow Explorer! I think there’s quite a few of us…which might explain why we’re all taking this program! I think it’s good we seek out other options and new ways. Especially in the world of technology, we need to be flexible and not static in our learning. And I’m with you, having fun is a much more effective way of learning. Not that I would encourage it with students, but I read the five “A Song of Fire and Ice” books in one summer. That’s approximately 1000 pages per book! And yet I have difficulty reading one chapter of an academic book. Ah, the mind– what a fickle thing! Explore on! There are hooks and best practices (which are constantly in change) to be discovered!

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