Having a clear vision- What are my Coetail Learning Goals?

I cannot begin to describe how excited I am for my Coetail journey! I have been in touch with the University of Kentucky, who Coetail partners with because eventually I would like to pursue my doctorate degree. After seeing Coetail all over Twitter and hearing about the impact it has had on other educators’ practice, I decided that it was right for me and to take the plunge! The fact that it can also count towards my doctorate degree was an added bonus.

The 3 ISTE Standards below encompass my learning goals. Being a PYP coordinator has been an amazing experience but part of my reason for going back into the classroom is to refine my pedagogy and practice, especially in regards to technology.

5b: Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.Upon reflection, I realised that my use of technology was not nearly as effective at enhancing learning experiences as it could have been.

1b: Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks. Creating and maintaining a strong network is on way that I will continue to grow as an educator and also be in the loop about what is at the forefront of education.

1a:Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness. Coetail and reflecting on my experience through this blog will challenge me to continue to check-in  with my goals, holding me accountable throughout this journey.

I am really looking forward to sharing with all of you!

Professional Learning Communities

My learning communities are such a large part of my day to day experiences as an educator, I don’t know where I would be without them. Within my school collaboration is something I am a part of regularly as the PYP coordinator, both with the leadership tam as well as with the grade levels I work with. Being an IB school we are also a part of the North China Network and get to meet often, sharing our successes and wonderings.

Most recently, social media has been the strongest learning community that I am a part of. Twitter especially, has transformed my teaching and made the world that much smaller, allowing me to connect with educators globally.