- What does your room look like when kids are using computers?
- What kind of learning is taking place?
- What does it sound like?
- Do you, as the teacher need to know everything about technology?
There was a mighty struggle developing this. As teachers we tend to just do and not really think about the end game. Having the end in mind is critical to making a dynamic classroom filled with authentic learning.
A critical element is the willingness to always question what you are doing and why you are doing it. In my classroom days I questioned everything I did and whether it was the best for my students. When I implemented learning rotations in my classroom I started with what that would look like and worked backwards from there. Doing this engaged students because I was engaged.
Beginning with the end in mind is essential because it sets the framework and context for learning in a classroom. There's no ambiguity as the year proceeds because time was taken to set up success. Students also realize when a teacher's vision is clear and focused. They feel secure in the procedures, expectations, and learning that takes place from day to day.
Ask yourself the questions above to set a real and relevant framework and context for your classroom.