“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward
                opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps 
                leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney

As a lifelong learner, I always try to embody the quote above from one of my inspirational heroes, Walt Disney. True, it ifine and well to learn a new skill or program, but if you sit back and stop learning and creating before you know it you are behind the times. This idea is true, more than ever, in the field of education. The constant shifts in standards, instructional strategies, and innovative tools to assist students, require teachers to up their game and keep moving forward.

Somehow between teaching middle schoolers without a prep period, being my site's tech rep, being a district requested technology trainer, parenting 2 toddler boys, and my husband also attending school to earn a Bachelor's degree, I am attempting to keep moving forward to increase my own instructional skills and capabilities. 

With the help of the IEC and LEC programs, I hope to demonstrate the ability to:
  • compare and contrast the pedagogy of face to face, blended, and online instruction.
  • select and model a variety of online tools for communication, productivity, collaboration, analysis, presentation, research, and online content delivery.
  • plan and design strategies to encourage active learning, interaction, participation, and collaboration in an online environment.
  • demonstrate online leadership in a manner that promotes student success through regular feedback, prompt response, and clear expectations.
  • model legal, ethical, safe, and healthy behavior related to technology use.
  • create multiple paths to address diverse learning styles, abilities, and needs for accommodation.
  • design authentic projects, assignments, and assessments that measure student achievement of standards-based learning goals.
  • formulate solutions using a variety of student data to modify instructions.
  • collaborate with colleagues through the use of web-based technologies.
  • demonstrate appropriate use of technologies to enhance student learning.