Greetings From Top Teaching Advisor Megan
Greetings from sunny San Diego, California! My name is Megan Power and this is my 10th year of teaching. In my career I have taught kindergarten through 2nd grade and I am currently in my fourth year of teaching full-day kindergarten at Del Sur Elementary in the Poway Unified School District. I am thrilled to be back on Scholastic.com blogging about early childhood education this year after a successful year blogging about technology integration in 2010-2011, and as the PreK and Kindergarten teacher advisor in 2009-2010.
I am very fortunate to be teaching at Del Sur Elementary. Before the school opened four years ago, I was one of the teachers who was involved in the decision-making process to create the school vision, mission, and culture. Our school currently has about 400 students — with room to grow to 800 students. As a new school, the district ensured that our rooms would have the most up-to-date technologies for teaching and learning. My classroom has an interactive Promethean Activboard, Activotes (small answer voting devices), an Activslate, 5 desktop computers, a docucam, an amplified microphone system, and a mounted LCD projector. This year will be my second year piloting a one-to-one laptop program where all of my kindergarten students have Dell netbooks that assists in differentiating instruction and project-based learning activities.
As a National Writing Project teacher, I have done extensive training in writer's workshops as well as integrating technology in my classroom and curriculum. I am honored to have won several awards and grants including Time Warner Cable's National Teacher of the Year for 2008-2009, winner of the Outstanding Contributions to Literacy Award 2009- 2010 from the American Literacy Corporation, honorable mention for San Diego's Classrooms of the Future 2008-2009 and 2010-2011, and San Diego County Primary Mathematics Teacher of the Year 2007-2008. Last year my students won the Grand Recognition Award for all elementary grades at the San Diego County iVIE Awards (Innovative Videos in Education). You can view the movie and read about the making of the movie in this Scholastic.com blog post. My students have also won the San Diego 2007-2008 iVIE award for their USA symbols and landmarks movie and my 2008-2009 class was nominated for a 2008-2009 iVIE for our public service announcement for the San Diego Food Drive called Even Kindergarteners Can Make a Difference.
I believe that all children can learn and be motivated to grow in an individualized, literacy rich environment that utilizes technology to promote realistic and purposeful project-based learning.
My philosophy of education with my students can be broken down into three areas.
Students as Partners: I believe that when students feel successful and are given the opportunity to be a part of their learning, they become more responsible for their learning. Even kindergarten students are able to reflect and identify their areas of need. Teachers can become partners with students as they differentiate the curriculum to meet the individual needs, which allows for students to be successful.
Students as Creators: I believe that using technology to create movies, photo stories, and other digital media projects is a highly motivating way to learn and practice literacy and other academic and life skills. I find that when students take the role of the creators they learn far more and are able to apply their learning seamlessly. Their little faces gleam with pride.
Students as Global Citizens: One of my goals as a teacher is to break down the walls of school and prepare my students for the real world. I love to inspire them with realistic and purposeful work where they can use technology to problem solve and make a difference in their world. Whether my students are writing and filming a public service announcement to collect food for the San Diego Food Drive, selling trail mix to raise money to help endangered animals, or publishing their writing on the Internet for all to read, they are learning that they are important members of our world and that even kindergarteners can make a difference.