As a teacher you always need to be updated with all the new research and findings that relate to teaching. At school we have have Professional Development days and weekly meetings that focus on continuing to work on our education and keeping up with new methods. However, there are many more ways to keep yourself posted on a daily basis. I receive daily emails and newsletters from different professional websites such as Accomplished Teacher, PBS, Edutopia or Catalyst Chicago. These resources help me stay updated on all the new findings. For example, today I received an email from Catalyst Chicago about Mayor Rahm Emanuel announcing a change in an extended school day. Previously he announced that in CPS school day will be extended to 7.5 hour school day and under pressure from parents who oppose that he will be shortening that to 7 hours. Information like this relates very closely to me since currently I am student teaching in CPS and I may continue my career at a Chicago Public School. Therefore, staying in touch with all the news and researching ways that will help me improve my teaching is very important. As a professional, I will continue to get updates on all the current events.
In current days incorporating technology in daily teaching is a necessity. There are so many interactive and great resources available for our students. However, many schools do not have the funding for the technology needed to do that. Therefore teacher need to constantly research available sources that will help them use interactive learning the the classroom. In the video, "May Community Academy: Technology Grants to Support Integrating Digital Tools into the Classrooms" I have learned about many different ways to look for and apply for grants that will let me integrate technology into my classroom. One of those grants that I was very familiar with is Donors Choose. Donorschoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students and classrooms in need. I have experienced this resource firsthand, by applying for and later receiving a projector for my classroom. As a teacher I try to look for as many available resources as there can be, in order for my students to fully benefit from my instruction.
Hi! My name is Katarzyna Derza and this is my blog. Currently I am teaching STEM at Mariano Azuela Elementary School! I am very excited to share this year with students, educators and parents.