I have enjoyed the experience of both my mentorship projects this semester. Although, I did not get to interact much with the students and teachers directly, it was a great learning experience for me. I learned many things about teaching with technology and incorporating technology into the classroom. Also, I learned about how hard and time consuming mentorship projects can be to arrange and organize schedules for meetings. I learned about how life is very unpredictable and things come up at school or home. As well, technology does not always work successfully when you need it.
For both of my projects, I created a second blog for us to use it as a communication tool. I posted a few reflections about our experiences together, shared information and pictures about myself with the students, so they could learn more about me. Both teachers commented that the students enjoyed watching my introduction video!
My friends from Knoxville, Tennessee…
I enjoyed working with Teryl Magee and her grade four students. I was able to successfully connect with Teryl and the students once through Skype. It was a struggle for us to balance our schedules and find time suitable for both of us talk. As well, we had several troubles with Skype and we were unable to connect the first two times. When we finally did connect on the third try, I was very excited to talk with her students and answer their questions about Canada. In the few minutes we talked, I think that all of us learned new things about living in Canada and the United States from our conversation. From my experience, I can see the benefit of using a mentorship program with students to learn more about other cultures or countries in the world.
My friends from Coulee Dam, Washington…
I also enjoyed working with Sheri Edwards and her grade six students. We decided for this mentorship project that I would help her students create news stories for their classroom wiki. Through my blog, the students were able to learn more about me as well as, I provided them with ideas and questions to write their stories on. As I mentioned earlier, time is a factor with these projects and the students have only started writing their stories. The interviewing and writing process took longer than originally expected. I have read through their drafts and I can see that in a few weeks the students will be ready for me to help edit their writing. Even though my ECMP class is finished, I plan on continuing this project and working with Sheri’s students. I really like reading their news stories and learning more about their school and community.
I want to thank both Teryl and Sheri for opening up their classrooms and inviting me to take part in this learning experience. This mentorship hase not only taught me about the specific projects we worked on together, but the endless opportunities technology has to offer in the classroom. Through our emails, Skype calls, tweets and blog comments I have gained a wonderful understanding of how these teachers value technology and support it in their teaching practices. I know that in the future, I can contact them for support and resources to get my own lessons and projects started in my classroom. Thank you both for all the support and guidance this semester!
To read more about our projects visit Miss Teale’s Blog