In order to make sure I reach the goals laid out in my personal GAME plan, I must evaluate the resources available and truly reflect upon what I am currently doing to make it happen. One of the greatest struggles is finding the time to gather materials, plan and implement new lessons. I currently teach at a no worksheet campus that requires very focused lesson plans with collaborative learning, small group re-teach and a technology integrated curriculum. Our children are at-risk due to language barriers, economic status and poor home lives. While it is imperative to reach them on their level, the demands of our campus and administration force us to "over" plan. I set a goal for myself to have collaborative, learner based, technology enriched instruction 80% of the day. When discussing the incorporation of technology into my instructional day, I am very fortunate to have a classroom computers on wheels, COW, cart. This resource allows each student to have a laptop daily for instructional purposes. There are several resources that I will need to achieve this goal. First of all, I will need the support of my colleagues. Due to the high demands of our campus, district and administration, we must work as a collaborative team to "fit" everything in. We plan as a grade level in addition to sharing ideas and new ways to accomplish projects. Another resource that I rely upon is web forums, online searches and blogs. Many educators have fabulous ideas, and many times they are the best resource out there. I have found that people who are actually teaching in these high demand, 21st Century classrooms have the "right" words that connect with my learning style. By searching for these resources and ideas, having technology available and planning with a team, I am on my way to achieving this goal.
Although my second goal, seeking out and participating in at least 2 weeks of professional development, seems a bit easier up front, I have realized that this might be a difficult task. Once again, I need support from colleagues on my campus as well as in other districts. The two things that worry me the most is not having enough time to attend these trainings, and finding the professional developments that will benefit me the most. I will rely upon the learning community that surrounds me to overcome this obstacle. Overall, I am going to try and attain these two goals.