Wednesday, October 13, 2010

GAME Plan Revision

As a fourth grade teacher I have found that my students often struggle with organization. They are quite forgetful and the parents have trouble keeping up with upcoming assignments, projects, and events. By creating a classroom website, I am helping students to improve in this area. If they forget to write something down, chances are that can be found on my website. This also helps parents to be able to keep up with what we are doing in the classroom. Even though it takes a lot of time to update this website, I know that I am providing my students and parents with an online tool that will make a difference in their learning. In addition to daily things such as assignments, etc., I also include websites that are based on the skills we are learning.

In addition to my website goal, I am also working toward a professional development goal. I want to continue my learning as well. I hope to attend a technology conference in the spring that may help me in integrating technology in the classroom. As I strive to meet this goal, I have discussed this with other colleagues as well as my principal. Our school system is providing technology training during an in-service day at the first of the year. This will help me in achieving this goal as well. In our text, I learned that technology “offers a powerful resource for engaging students in authentic experience, typically increasing both their motivation and their learning” (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009, p. 51). I want to make sure I am learning all that I can in order to engage my students in learning.

Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use: A Standards-Based Approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.


  1. Linzie,

    Thank you from a parent of a fourth grade student who would lose his head if it wasn't attached. I wholehearted agree that as a communication tool class web pages are an excellent way to connect parents to school. It is also a great way to model online integrity for students. Ironically, my son's teacher is also called Mrs. Humphries.


  2. Linzie,

    One of our classmates, Nancy Groselle, had an excellent idea on her post for keeping her daily homework updated for parents. She would pick a student each day to enter that day's work for all to see.

    Some other ideas you may want to try are some web 2.0 tools that I found on the site Cool Tools for Schools, Although I have never used them, there are homework organizers for teachers and students and other tools that help with organization.

    For your second goal, working toward a professional development, you may want to see the site Free Tech For Teachers, The author of this site occasionally publishes PD opportunities that are free and online.

    Hope you can use this info and good luck!


  3. Linzie,
    Thanks to Craig for the post on Free Tech For Teachers I found a link to a free online conference at that started last week but runs for the next two weeks. The conference is using social networking through to get educators from around the world to participate. Some of the conference will be able to be viewed from itunes as well. I hope you find this helpful in your continuation of attending technology conferences. Let me know what you think.


  4. Craig and Jean-Marie,

    Thank you so much for the links! I will definitely check those out. It sounds like these sites will help me to carry out my GAME plan!


    Thank you for the encouragement! It is nice to know that the time I spend on my website is appreciated by parents.