There is no typical day in my classroom because each day is different. I adapt my lessons and sequence according to the needs of the students. I use music, the news, pop culture, karaoke, and tablets alongside traditional texts to engage my students. We laugh, cry, and learn together.
I love my school.
I love my students. I am a committed teacher that is willing to work hard to be a great teacher; however, I cannot do it alone. Smart phones, tablets, and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are causing a paradigm shift in education. Unfortunately, due to the digital divide, our most disadvantaged students cannot participate, which widens the existing achievement gap. I immigrated to the US as an illiterate refugee from Vietnam. I was able to bridge the digital divide and achievement gap. Will you help me do the same for my students?
Currently, my students use smartphones and tablets to engage with and present information on the web. I have created CCSS-aligned lessons that require students to read, think, write, and collaborate online through apps and social media. Students are annotating text, taking notes in the cloud, and debating through Skype, etc., by using their smartphones or tablets. Students are encouraged to use their personal devices in my class because my district has adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy; but not all of my students have a device. I teach mainly English Learners at an impoverished school in East Side San Jose. We are requesting an ink toner, a Surface dock, and an SDXC card. I will train the students how to use tablets as learning tools by teaching them how to read, write, think, and collaborate in the cloud. My classroom is very close to being paperless because we are utilizing cloud storage and web tools.
As a parting thought, consider the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The house praises the carpenter." I need tools to be a good carpenter, and my houses need tools to learn 21st century skills.
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