One of the hardest things about going back to school is putting my learning and reflecting on pause so that I can get my school legs back and get all my ducks in a row. But I feel like I am steady on my feet and eager to jump back into blogging, sharing, learning, growing, and being better together!
A few things I am excited about....
A colleague helped me with Google Classroom the other day (Thanks, Joni!). I said, "Thanks, I'm not sure I would have figured that out on my own." She replied, "Oh, you wouldn't have slept until you did." True story. I love figuring things out and won't stop until I get to the bottom of things. Often it is my Twitter community to the rescue.
I became a Book Creator Ambassador and am having fun figuring out the ins and outs of BC. How do you share a book with colleagues? How do you set it so students can't see other students' books? How do you make a template that students can copy and make their own?
The other day a great teacher friend of my was reflecting on technology and said something to the effect of, "How do you add all of that in when we just need to teach the standards?" Part of me figuring out the ins and outs of tech platforms is to incorperate them into what I am learning about Visible Learning and Powerful Learning. I am hoping to add in the focus of VL and PL (not just platforms) now that I am settled into the school year.
My next steps with Book Creator?
I'd like to keep creating and sharing #onetinytip videos as I think of things that would be helpful to know in BC.
My next project with Book Creator is to create gratitude and reflection books that my students can add to on a regular basis. Still brainstorming with the best way to do that....
Learning and sharing new things keeps me energized and excited about my work. I can't not.
Jill A. Hostetler