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About Nadine Norris
I have been in education for over 12 years. After spending a few years as a classroom teacher, I became a technology coordinator for a large parochial school in suburban Chicago. During that time, I developed an extensive professional learning network with others in the educational technology field. Currently, I am the president of Illinois Computing Educators (ICE). Attending conferences, both in person and online have helped me meet others with enthusiasm and knowledge about transforming teaching and learning to reflect the digital age. Within the past several years, I have presented various topics at the Illinois Computing Educators' (ICE) Conference, as well as regional conferences for ICE and the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. I have trained teachers for several years in the areas of computer applications for personal and professional use, as well as effective use of the Internet for the teaching and learning environment. My current position is as an instructional technology coordinator for an elementary district in the suburbs of Chicago.
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An outstanding teacher develops a positive relationship with learners, with a genuine interest in their success. Outstanding teachers are approachable and demonstrate a willingness to give encouragement and extra help. With regard to teaching practices, outstanding teachers are enthusiastic about teaching, and provide a stimulating, varied, and engaging learning environment where students are able to actively participate in their own learning. Teaching and learning activities are carefully planned to offer meaningful activities that not only help the students learn the content, but develop life-long learning skills. Outstanding teachers are interested in their own professional development and engage in reflective personal growth opportunities. Finally, outstanding teachers are interested in the promotion of excellent teaching among their school community, collaborate with their peers, and are involved in the school improvement process.
Meeting the needs of all students
It is extremely important to tailor instruction to the individual students needs as concepts are taught and assessed, creating a responsive learning environment where each child can achieve a high level of success requires that learning activities and units be created around answering essential questions, not from simply the covering the material. The curriculum remains constant, but the level of teacher support, task complexity, pacing, and learning activity design are based on the student’s readiness, interest, and learning style. As we reflect on the process, the challenge is how to change our way of thinking to get away from “covering the material” to helping their students come to a deeper understanding of the concepts. We are asked to move away from comfortable classroom practices, which may include relying heavily on whole class instruction and moving at a fast pace through the textbook. Instead, we must provide students with a variety of strategies to understand the concepts they are expected to learn. This means that the material should be presented in a variety of different modalities. Examples include multimedia, hands on demonstration, collaboration with peers, and text based presentation. Students may then demonstrate their learning in a variety of different ways, based on their interests, skill level, and learning style. Assessments that are project based, offer students choice, and using a rubric that carefully measures the understanding of content are important ways to differentiate for a variety of student needs.
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