Not only that, but there's a new teacher on campus who is making an impact of her own: Christina Depweg.
The next observation that was easy to make was her proximity to her students. The only time that her students saw her at the front of the room was to point out a difference in angles. Other than that, the iPad allowed her to roam the room, using proximity to quell any side conversations and encouraging from everywhere. Whether this was intentional or not, I was thoroughly impressed.
Before the bell rang to end the day, the students in Ms. Depweg's Dojo were locked in and ready to participate. It was evident that a safe environment had been created and students were encouraged to participate without fear of reprimand from the instructor or ridicule from the class. While I was only there for a short amount of time, Christina proved that a new teacher with the support of good admin and a solid team are bound for success.
One idea that Christina is using with her new iPad and Doceri is the ability to share slides with students. Whether it is by emailing, sending through school loop, or showing students the next day, she is eager to support her students in AND out of the classroom. I am eager to get back into her room to see how she continues to evolve as an educator and improve the awesomeness that is nurtured in her room and out of it.
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