Saturday, January 30, 2016
Much To Learn
¡Hola! My name is Sandy Koplitz and I teach Spanish 1 and 2 at Central York High School. I have been at Central for 20 years. Most of that time was spent teaching an Exploratory Spanish class to 7th and 8th graders. It was loads of fun and I loved it! Because of some necessary curriculum changes (all of our students in grades 4 - 12 now have iPads) I was moved to the HS to teach. I am enjoying this new position but I admit I started out a bit "rusty" and have spent lots of time figuring out how my teaching style will best integrate into this new setting.
I love to try new things but I'm not great at the "go figure it out on your own" mindset. I usually need help, but with good instructions I am ready to provide more interest building technology and activities into my classes. I am excited about learning and using new tools to engage my students!
The most techie lesson I have taught was with my 8th graders when they used MacBooks. They created a weather report in Garage Band. One of our Tech Integration Coaches provided support for first couple of periods and then the kids and I explored as we went. Fortunately, our students love teaching us stuff! I learned all the needed knowledge to handle the small glitches and the projects were creative and entertaining. Now, I rely on my students to teach each other when using a new app. I watch and learn too!
I am looking forward to learning about tech tools and apps that connect directly with world language learners. I especially want to focus on getting them talking more and being comfortable trying out their new skills and vocabulary. Let's get started!