Balancing Traditional Methods
with 21st Century Tools
After more than 20 years in kindergarten, I decided it was time for me to go back to school. I was given the opportunity to teach the first "iPad infused" kindergarten class in the Napa Valley as part of my Master's action research project at Touro University. Yountville kindergarten was able to pilot iPads in 2011/2012 as a continuation of my research.
Integrating technology for young learners has become part of my teaching journey. Although I value traditional teaching tools, and love "old school" kindergarten, I am excited about the "21st Century Skills" our district has adopted for all students: creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking.
Project based learning (PBL), which allows learning to emerge through critical thinking, is also a schoolwide goal. In kindergarten, PBL naturally drives our curriculum since students often enter school curious about how the world works. Project based learning will allow me to customize our class curriculum to address student interests and to integrate parent and community talents.