1d. Teachers model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.
In the third trimester in English II, I worked with student groups through Google Docs on the essay process, from invention to formal sentence outline, for a persuasive essay connecting to the “hero” of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Each group selected one of the main characters from the play (Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, or Mark Antony) and collaborated with each other, in class and through virtual Google Docs, during the invention, research, organization, composition, and revision stages of the assignment.
2a. Teachers design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
In English I, Dr. Leigh Ann Jones demonstrated the use of Parish Library databases and print resources for research on their Much Ado About Nothing essay. In English II, Dr. Jones did this lesson for students at the beginning of their research project for Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. Throughout our class time in the library I provided clear guidelines and expectations for the student’s daily tasks.
3d. Teachers model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
Throughout the year I have read research relating to the studies for English I and II, on databases and in print sources. I have become more capable on the use of Google Docs, thanks to good guidance by Jason Mazzella, and invaluable help from Tom Vezain when my "roaming profile" went missing or when Google Docs would not open for me.
4b. Teachers address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
Throughout the year I have worked with students in conference, in class, and on line through the entire writing process. Students have submitted questions, thesis and topic sentences, outlines, and various drafts on line; I have also helped them with the editing and revision process.
5c. Teachers evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
I have used the SmartBoard to greater effect this year in the classroom, providing student instruction through writing samples and revision strategies displayed to students in class and in conference.