Kevin Mitchell
Secondary Social Studies with ESL add-on endorsement

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The three key qualities that I hope to embody as a teacher are:
  1. enthusiasm
  2. patience
  3. flexibility

Technology provides a wonderful opportunity to bring various kinds of media into the classroom, which is especially helpful in social studies. Specifically, maps, graphs, photographs, and videos can all help present historical, economic, and psychological information in a much more concise and clear way as opposed to words by themselves. However, too great an emphasis on powerpoints and visuals can detract from the learning process because students can become inured to that method of presentation, not to mention those students who are not strong in processing visual or spatial information.

The main thing I hope to learn in this class is balance in using technology in the classroom, by which I mean using technology enough without going overboard.