I can clearly picture my eight-year-old self staring out the large window, waiting for my parents to come home from my parent-teacher conference. I wanted to know what my teacher said, how I was doing, and what was wrong with me. The stress as the minutes ticked by increased as I got older, and the stakes were higher. As my parents shared the details with me, I am not sure I paid attention.

When I became a teacher, that memory stuck with me, and in my first year as I sat discussing students with parents, I felt something was missing. I...

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  • About the Author:

    Rayna Freedman is a 5th-grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, Mass. She has taught grades 3 to 5 and is an instructional technology specialist. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern University as she hopes to change the field of education some day. Freedman is president of MassCUE and has been presenting at the annual conference since 2010. She is a Google Level 2 certified educator, a BrainPOP certified educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and Fablevision Ambassador. Freedman has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, Medfield Digital Learning Day, FETC, BPLC, and BLC. Follow her on Twitter at @rlfreedm.