NETS-T Standard 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers:
a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness. b. engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources. c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. d. model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.
Summary: This standard reminds teachers of the importance of creating an environment rich with learning, creativity, and ingenuity. This environment consists of face-to-face interactions as well as virtual interactions with teachers and peers. The teacher should model appropriate thinking and problems and then guide the students through creatively finding solutions using digital resources. Students should also be taught to reflect on their learning process and be capable of engaging collaboratively with other students.
Strengths: My strengths in this area are through my ability to encourage my students to be creative and innovative thinkers. Through our creative writing process, we are continually thinking, planning, and then creating (as stated in Standard 1c).
Weaknesses: My weakness in this standard is connecting my students to other peers or students in a virtual environment setting. I need to be more open-minded to the idea of interacting with other classrooms in a virtual environment.