I purchased this sign for my office. It caught my eye the minute I entered a cute shop in Puyallup, Washington a few weeks ago. I circles back to look at it three times. The statement obviously intrigued me. I like baseball, but I wouldn’t call myself a big fan. The sign was in the Father’s Day display area of the store. I thought maybe I liked it because my dad loved baseball and talked about it often. Maybe. However, he thought much more highly of Joe DiMaggio than Babe Ruth. So, what attracted me to this sign? The lifetime learning aspect I think. The idea of getting better at something. We won’t be preparing our students for the future if we stick to only the strategies of yesteryear. What attracted me to the Digital Leadership program at SPU? The same things, the lifetime learning aspect, the idea of getting better at something, and equipping students with strategies that will prepare them for their future.
I came into course 6103 a lifetime learner and experienced technology coach. I’m fairly well informed with available digital tools and who to ask or where to look if I or my teachers have a need. I also had a background in coaching. I went through a two-year cognitive coaching program for TOSAS provided through a consultant in my former district. I’ve coached teachers for a number of years. What was new to me this quarter was diving deep into ISTE Coaching Standards and existence of global collaborative projects. I didn’t realize that there were so many subcomponents of each of the standards. Specifically, Standard 2 goes through letter h. That’s eight subcomponents! My other learning was around global collaborative projects. I knew that teachers were collaborating globally through mystery skypes, but didn’t realize that there were so many formalized options, such as the Global Read Aloud. I was unaware of the network for international collaboration.
So, where do I go from here? I would like to grow further in my application of elements C and E of ISTE Coaching Standard 2. What intrigues me about C is the interdisciplinary component and the students assuming professional roles to research, collaborate, and produce products to a wide audience. Subcomponent E speaks to designing learning experiences using differentiation that adjust content, process, and products. I see this as a need in my district. Teachers aren’t accustomed to having students have access to computers on a regular basis. This will change next year. Furthers, some students are having opportunity to use multiple tools to explain their thinking, but it is not common practice. As far as my growth with global collaborative projects, I think this will be a natural part of my future work as I more intentionally provide professional development around the SAMR Framework and model and assist teachers with C as a coach.
Now that quarter is over, maybe I will have time to watch some baseball…
International Society for Technology in Education. (n.d.). ISTE Standards for Coaches. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/ISTE-standards/standards-for-coaches