Greetings from sunny San Diego, California! My name is Megan Power and this is my eighth year of teaching. I just completed my second year of teaching full-day kindergarten at Del Sur Elementary in the Poway Unified School District.
As a National Writing Project teacher, I have done extensive training in writer's workshop and 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, honorable mention for San Diego's Classrooms of the Future 2008-2009, and San Diego County Primary Mathematics Teacher of the Year 2007-2008. My students have also won the San Diego 2007-2008 iVIE (Innovative Videos in Education) 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 am very fortunate to be teaching at Del Sur Elementary. Before the school opened last year, I was one of the teachers who was involved with decision-making process to create the school vision, mission, and culture. Our school is currently has about 200 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 I will pilot a one-to-one laptop program where all of my kindergarten students have small Dell laptops that they will bring back and forth from school to home.
One of my goals as a teacher is to inspire my students with realistic and purposeful work where they can use technology to problem solve and make a difference in their world. I believe that even young kindergarten students can use technology, such as video, to share their unique voices as well as use technology to learn about their world.
I feel that my experience teaching different grades has added another dimension that assists me in adjusting and differentiating my teaching to meet my students' needs and levels. I am constantly observing, assessing, and meeting with students individually or in small groups to help move them to their next level. I believe this creates opportunities for all of my students to be successful and to take ownership and responsibility for their learning. I hope that my students will remember that they are responsible and important members of our world who can make a difference.