My name is Anne-Marie Middleton and I am a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School. I began my teaching career in Surrey in 1990 and have taught grades 4 to 7. I am a generalist who teaches most subject areas but have a special affinity for literacy and Assessment for Learning. Most of my teaching years have been spent in a grade 7 classroom but last year I became a 6/7 teacher along with 3 of my colleagues to better explore collaborative learning for students and teachers. I am also currently completing a 2 year diploma program through Simon Fraser University on Learning and Teaching with Technology.
Last year I integrated technology into my teaching, dipped my toe into inquiry learning and continued to focus on Assessment For Learning strategies to guide my teaching. This year I plan to continue where I left off as learning can be a steep climb and is never-ending, as well as add a few new items. The use of technology will continue to be a main focus in my learning as I begin to connect my students to the global community but will always stop to question – “Why am I doing this? What is the purpose?”
This blog will be a place for me to try and make sense of the ever changing face of education in the 21st century. Over the past year my role in the classroom has changed – by integrating technology and 21st century skills I am no longer at the centre, the students have taken on this role, as they should be. It has been a whirlwind ride, one with successes but many pitfalls as well. I spend many hours questioning and reflecting on student learning so felt it was time to share these thoughts. I want to become more connected with other educators who have similar interests and passions in education. I am looking forward to developing dialogues with other educators (beyond my school walls) who have embarked on their own journey.
Class website: hillcrestdiv1.weebly.com