This may be surprising to some, but teaching can be a lonely profession many days. While teachers are surrounded by people, there’s often little time for collaboration or discussion with peers. My days are filled with exciting moments of discovery with students, of course, but also the challenge of sneaking in a lunch or prep period. It’s easy to get to the end of the day or week and realize I’ve had little interaction with the adults in my building.

When I first considered using technology in my classroom and practice, I didn’t expect connection and community to be among the biggest benefits. I certainly didn’t expect that it would change my life. But it has.

This year, as I started an exciting new role as a technology coach for my district, I’ve found myself reflecting on how I got here. I’ve come to realize that some of my favorite technologies—and the community of fellow users surrounding them—have played an outsized role in my journey to become a better educator.

How using technology in my classroom and practice changed my life

I want to share how one decision to try something new helped me build new connections in and around my classroom and how that one change has made a world of difference. After all, it’s hard to have a lonely day of teaching when you’re surrounded by friends supporting you and cheering you on!

About the Author:

Stephanie Smith is an instructional technology coach at Rutherford County Schools in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She previously taught fourth grade at Roy L. Waldron Elementary School.


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