Even though I am not working under a contract right now (I worked under a one-year contract last year), and I don't currently have my own classroom, I have decided to embrace the 30-Day Blogging Challenge for Teachers. Although I was hesitant at first, feeling a bit like an outsider without a school to call my own, I want and need to feel connected to other educators.
Furthermore, I remain passionate about teaching and hopeful that a position matching my qualifications will open up in the near future. So, while I continue subbing and working on my Educational Technology Endorsement, away from the frenetic pace that most of my friends are currently operating within, I think that it's fitting that I make the most of this gift of time by taking on this blogging challenge.
The prompt for September 1, 2014 asks that I write my goals for the school year, inviting me to be as specific or abstract as I want to be,
My Goals for This Year (I need to articulate my action steps).
1. Take steps outside of my comfort zone to increase my confidence in presenting to large groups of colleagues and other adults. I get very nervous when all eyes are on me. One way that I may tackle this is by organizing and teaching a workshop for educators about copyright and Creative Commons. Update: I did it!
2. Learn how to program my LilyPad Arduino in order to integrate programmed LEDs into my art projects. One way I plan to address this is by taking a workshop on Arduino at Vermont Fest 2014. Update: I did it!
3. Become a Google Certified Educator. Without distraction or procrastination, I need to commit to a few days of review and just do it. Update: I did it!
4. Learn more about IVECA, perhaps by participating in a training session.
5. Find ways to remain connected to other educators. I plan to do this by participating in Twitter chats and volunteering at the Generator, in Burlington.