I am passionate about teaching elementary students! Kindergarten through 5th grade students are simultaneously so fun and so challenging to work with on a daily basis. I love to see children’s inquisitiveness and imagination on display each day. Kids can be so hilarious too. Every day I laugh (loudly) along with my students. However, elementary students are really tough to teach as well! Every student has their own unique personality, learning style, and life situation. Every student seems to have thousands of interesting questions within their brain. We need to encourage our students to continue questioning. That said, I would like to present to my audience a Google Slideshow that introduces my students to my Computers classroom.
Within this Google Slides project, I have presented some of the big ideals that are brought forth within my classroom. In my classroom, I always want everyone to participate and ask questions. I want my students to ask as many questions as they can come up with. As author Warren Berger has said, figuring out answers to complex questions is a process. The word process is key: “You don’t just ‘find’ answers to complex life problems…you work your way, gradually, toward figuring out those answers, relying on questions each step of the way” (Berger, p. 184). In my own teaching, I work closely with that process. I try to ensure that my students are working within this process as well.
New York Times journalist, Thomas L. Friedman, discussed the major advent of new technology in 2013. He coined a phrase regarding the combination of social media platforms and apps, calling them the means to take us from connected to “hyperconnected”. Indeed, I agree with Friedman that we are living each day in a hyperconnected world. My own elementary students are part of this. My students are connected with each other daily via Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, video game consoles, YouTube, and of course, smartphones. So how should students and teachers adapt? We need to combine individual initiative and creativity!
In my slideshow, I have shared some of the ideas from Thomas Friedman, including the following statement, “The winners won’t just be those with more I.Q. It will also be those with more P.Q. (passion quotient) and C.Q. (curiosity quotient) to leverage all the new digital tools to not just find a job, but to invent one or reinvent one, and to not just learn but to relearn for a lifetime” (Friedman, 2013). I agree with Friedman. In 2018 and beyond, each person’s passion and curiosity will help them to succeed in life at least as much as their intelligence quotient.
Click the Google Slide below to begin the slideshow:
If the image link above does not work for you, please click here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-fiR-Z_l8fhzYQ6STq9sruRFcMUpUS-6rmXZCue0K48/edit?usp=sharing
Berger, W. (2014). A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. New York: Bloomsbury.
Friedman, T. L. (2013, January 30). It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. Retrieved April 25, 2018, from https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html