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This year I'm one of the teachers participating in a pilot program in my county. The name of the pilot program is called TRA: Technology Readiness Assessment. That means the sixth graders on my team (about 150 of them) have laptops in each of their core classes. Math, History, Science, and Language Arts. So many words can be used to describe this experience: exciting, difficult, fun, challenging, valuable!
On Wednesday this week, we shared our pilot with a parent group in the county. We presented what we've accomplished so far and what are hopes are for the future. The leader of the project spoke as did my principal, a couple of parents, three AMAZING sixth graders, and me. I spoke on behalf of the teachers. This is something that's important...very important. I wanted to do my best! I wrote a speech with input from all of the teachers. Rehearsed! Asked for more input. This is something that's important. I really wanted to do my best.
Before I left for the meeting, I tweeted out to my #nerdlution friends and asked for some support...and support is what I got...so many encouraging tweets filled with kind words! I held those thoughts close as I presented and answered questions. The presentation went well. There were many interesting questions. At the end of the meeting, the superintendent had great things to say about our use of technology. It's great to feel the support. We will be presenting to the school board too. As I was getting ready to leave, I had a few people come up to me and say such nice things. One person came up and asked me for my card. Apparently, I need to be more prepared for things like that as I had no card. :) The next day, I received an email of congratulations from an administrator about my remarks. He said they were outstanding and he also said, "You were a true professional and very impressive." Boy, that feels good!
I celebrate the opportunity to be part of a pilot program.
I celebrate the amazing work the students have done this year with this pilot.
I celebrate the kindness and support of my PLN, especially my #nerdlution friends!