My students are learners. My students are 21st-century kids. My students are also English Learners. Many of my students have learned English from watching YouTube, TV, movies, or Podcasts.
All of those qualities help prove the importance of making engagement and motivation an important characteristic of my classroom.
My students may not know everything yet, but in the ever-changing world, they need to be exposed.
My 25 students are willing to learn, excited to learn, and capable of learning. Technology is an important part of our classroom and will prepare my students to be desired students, workers, and members of our society. Thank you for making a difference!
When my students make connections to learning, our classroom is buzzing with students sharing stories of what they have seen and watched. The majority of the time, these connections are things they have seen online. They know vocabulary words and science concepts from Minecraft and they understand Stop Motion videos because of a YouTube video they watched.
Our kids are so knowledgable, and yet my students are behind in their academic reading skills.
I realized years ago that I needed to engage them in what they love.
My students need Sphero robots and Bloxel Games to engage them in STEAM learning and coding like their favorite video gamers. These resources will bring in some basic coding into our STEAM stations we complete once a month. The kids look forward to coming to school on a half day (when attendance is usually low) because they know they get to "play". What they don't realize is that they are learning skills that will allow them to be the next technological genius.
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