How do you know what to focus on?

So I have never been a blogger, so here goes…

With everything on your plate, what is truly your focus?  What if what you truly love to do, isn’t what is being asked of you? What if you see a need that isn’t your job?

So many things go through my head in a day.  I see amazing things every day. I see areas that need my help. I see areas of need that are outside my job description, yet vital to a quality education.

My job is technology integration.  However, I see myself focusing a great deal lately on classroom management and building follow through on expectations.  I have to step back sometimes and remind myself that even though my job is technology integration, if a teacher needs help with management or routine, I need to help there first before we can introduce anything that is new.

So what my focus is supposed to be, can be quickly changed to a vital need.  Is it always fun? No! Can it be rewarding in the end? Absolutely! Teaching is an unbelievably personal thing.  It isn’t always easy pointing out what is wrong or needs to be changed. We all need to understand we are all here to help each other out.

I guess what it comes down to is being a technology integrationist, is the Swiss Army Knife of education jobs. Yes! We have a tool for that!! We have so many things on our plate. So many buildings to serve.   With so many buildings, sometimes a feeling of failure and let down because we aren’t in all our building equally to help all our teachers. Always wanting to make it right. In a world that so much is technology based or focused, we have to know a little bit about a lot of stuff.

So what is my focus? Technology ideas will always be in my back pocket for easy access. I would say my main focus is helping teachers break through barriers to help educate kids in any fashion necessary. Either low tech or high tech, it is a layered process. Sometimes it is an easy integration, sometimes it takes quite awhile to make it happen. Every time I leave a room, technology integration isn’t always the main conversation, but you better believe what was discussed has a purpose and in the end, over time, will transform instruction and make students producers.

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