"As with many practices - related to teaching or other professions - reflection is necessary for personal and professional growth. Surely the WCPSS TLC Initiative is no different." (October 2013)
When the opportunity to join Wake County's Teacher Leadership Corps first presented itself, I jumped at the chance - not knowing what to expect next. Though this experience, in many ways, has not turned out as I thought it would, there are a few things that I've brought to my classroom practice (and, tangentially, the practice of other teachers in my school) as a direct result of TLC training.
Multi-media assignments use technology to take full advantage of opportunities to engage auditory, visual, and even tactile learners. Bonus: apps like Pear Deck makes it easy to check for understanding with overt responses.
Creating opportunities for close reading is one of the best ways to promote literacy. Assignments, like this one on James I's "On the Divine Rights of Kings" or this one linking current events and To Kill a Mockingbird use pictures, videos, short selections, and excerpts with text dependent questions.
Online lessons and review activities for students and for teachers are a great way to implement new technology. Google Classroom and Edmodo have been two great LMS for online content delivery.
Student Collaboration and Teacher-Teacher Collaboration are important. The examples below show different technological tools I've used to collaborate with students and other teachers.