Essential Question

I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit as I have returned to work in as an elementary school teacher assistant.  Many changes have occurred at my school over the summer including acquiring a new principal.  I think the new principal will be a change but also a wonderful addition due to the fact that he believes in keeping us informed.  A specific nugget of information that he mentioned has really stuck with me.  Last year almost 30% of our graduating 5th graders were not on a reading level adequate for middle school.  This did not mean that they could read but that they would more than likely struggle during 6th grade.  As a future Media Specialist, I began to think about what I can do to promote student growth in reading. I know that I increaseing my knowledge in technology can only assist in the crusade to lower the percentage of struggling students.  Therefore, my essential question at this time is….

How can I use new technology to promote student learning and increase their knowledge base?

But I don’t want to forget about sharing what I know and what I am learning with administration, co-workers and parents. Therefore, inspiring others to utilize new technology to advance student knowledge is equally important.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. michellefolkman
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 19:19:36

    SuAnn – those are some startling statistics! I like that you use them as a call to action, and that you want to not just learn how to use the technology but also to help others to use it and thereby enlarge your goal. That seems to me that it could be almost be a mission statement for Media Specialists!


    • Amy Snyder
      Aug 31, 2013 @ 18:32:43

      Agreed on the stats. Imagining how the problems would multiply as they move through the grade levels is downright scary. I especially appreciate SuAnn’s desire to learn more about the technology itself. It seems like it would be very easy to fall behind in understanding new technologies as they become available once I’m out of school myself.


  2. Jarrian
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 22:00:32

    Presently, I think this is a highly relevant question. I have a good friend who is a second grade teacher. She often tells me stories about how her students often reach the second grade level unprepared academically in different subjects. We often hear through the media how schools (public schools in particular) are not preparing students for the future. Finding a way to reach students early on through technology is not only an essential question, but an essential need as well!


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