Technology and our Little Learners: Co-teaching in the 2nd Grade Classroom. A Spotlight on Ute Meadows
Recently, I had a chance to share cookies (the crumbly kind, not the kind servers pass to your web browser) with the Digital Teacher Librarian and a 2nd grade teacher at UTE Meadows Elementary School.
They joined forces on a cold December morning. Tom Gilgenbach had signed up to teach a Google Classroom session for the Chatfield articulation area in January. That’s when he started looking for partners. If you were to meet Mimi Crockett, you would instantly want to collaborate with her, teach with her, plan with her and more.
That very next Wednesday, the true art of co-teaching came to life at Ute Meadows. Their planning meetings start with a look into the Bridge to Curriculum. “It’s a great resource,” Mimi says with enthusiasm! “We start with the question, how do we take the curriculum we have and match that with the skills that they need and create experiences that matter to kids." The skills they are speaking of are outlined in Jeffco Generation and are echoed in the ISTE Standards for Students, which have been adopted by Jeffco, as well.
Both of these educators have a strong passion for combining content knowledge with technology integration. Tom is a Google Certified Educator and really brings that tech lens to the classroom. Mimi has her masters in Tech Ed, so you can only imagine the ideas they both bring to the table. The beauty of this collaboration, and how it plays out in the classroom, is that Mimi brings the rich classroom knowledge and Tom brings the tech knowledge. It's a beautiful relationship!
Mimi and Tom pull out all the stops for the second graders at Ute Meadows. They teach using Google Classroom as their digital workflow. The second graders know just how to log-in and set forth on any task inside the Classroom. Here are a few of the things they have done with the class this year: G-Suite with an emphasis in Google Forms, Google Slides, Google Sheets, all with our littlest learners! Next year at Ute, 2nd and 5th grade will be 1:1. They are over the moon and excited to continue to prepare the students for the future!
Are you interested in becoming a Google Certified Educator? See here for details
Want to know more about Google Classroom: Here is a self-paced Schooloy Course, offered by EdTech. Intro to Google Classroom ESS Code: BETGCS
Interested in learning more about using Google in the primary classroom? We will be offering a professional learning session on August 9th! In the meantime, check out Google Apps for Littles by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler.