Mrs. Dionne Anderson is currently teaching her 16th year in the Eleva-Strum School District, but it her 19th year of teaching overall. One of her favorite things about teaching is being with the children everyday because she knows that she is making a difference in their lives both inside and outside of the classroom and she says, “What I really enjoy about being a primary teacher are the daily hugs.” She cherishes being able to experience the “light bulb” moments; she loves seeing when the students are using the knowledge they’re learning and understand where it comes from.
One project that Mrs. Anderson is working on with her students is opinion writing. First, the students were taught how to form opinions and then they thought of reasons to support their opinions. To incorporate as many senses into the students’ writing as possible, they formed opinions on themes like school lunches and the seasons of the year. Then, the students formed opinions on Hershey kisses and Caramel kisses based on how they tasted. Mrs. Anderson’s students will continue working on writing opinions, and later in the year they will be writing opinions about the books that they are reading.
Mrs. Anderson has been excited about the use of technology in her classroom this year. She now has a Smartboard, document camera, and a set of six iPads that she uses daily. They use the Smartboard as an energizing way for the students to interact with lessons, and they use the iPads to reinforce their reading and math skills. Mrs. Anderson plans on teaching her students how to create digital stories on the classroom iPads in the future.
Reflecting on the past year and how the Digital Learning Initiative has changed the future of Eleva-Strum Schools, Mrs. Anderson is reminded of a quote said by Eric Hoffer: “In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
Written by Ali Lorenz