When I initially received the internship I had thought that the area of the internship would match what I teach as an educator. Once, I saw that I was in an area that was outside my comfort zone ( a bit), I started to question myself about actually if they had made a mistake in the process. As I attended the initial sessions, I soon realized that that the internship was put together to help broaden the desired effects of the finished product which is a wearable device. Then, as we broke up into teams, I then further realized that as individual we had some great ideas that each of us had to be sound boards and ultimately develop a product.
Now, my goal as an educator – I can now relate what I am doing in the my team to goals that I will develop for my students wearable device project. Whether it be a Arduino or Lily Pad project – this whole process will help me develop a winning plan.
The highlight of my week at NCCAT was the session Twitter and my PLN.
- How do you plan to implement something you learned at NCCAT in your classroom? I am planning on having my students to set up their own twitter account and then use these accounts to document and communicate back with my students.
- Which session was your least favorite? Why culture matters was probably my least favorite. Why? Even thought I enjoyed the session, I felt that this session was going to be more personalized to North Carolina students and I thought it was going to entail more solutions on how we as teachers would work with the various cultures. She did go over this, but I thought it could have been deeper.
- How has the week at NCCAT compared with other PD opportunities you have attended? The week at NCCAT was very intense. I don’t remember PD sessions in the past that presented such intensity. There were alot of sessions and workshop that provided quite abit of information.
- Which session did you find most useful and why? The session on Marketing yourself as an educator. In the past, I have thought back on situation in which I did not market my agriculture program. I could have done a better job showing what I have done and presented pictures to support the success of my program.
Patrick Faulkner Kenan Fellow 2016
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