I created my first website for teachers in April of 2004. In the almost 11 years since, technology has changed. Quite a bit.
The website has changed several times over the years as well. Originally www.foridahoteachers.org, the site expanded with the Common Core to beyond the state of Idaho, to www.fortheteachers.org. A blog was later added as well as the world of social media made it so much easier for educators to connect far beyond the classroom.
Last summer I started work on some significant behind-the-scenes changes that include combining the blog and Idaho sites all into one. The changes will make things run faster and will make it easier for me to add new things, which I’m very excited to get busy working on. It’s taken far longer to have ready than I expected, with some glitches along the way, including a mistake that resulted in losing three years worth of comments on the blog.
The most important things haven’t changed. Kids (and adults) still learn best when we meet them where they are, when we connect the learning to their real lives, and when we create a learning environment where they feel welcome and feel safe to take risks and where they can make choices about their own learning. And where we can learn right along side them.