We Are Required to Teach Tech – We Need TL’s
I am writing in regards to the possible budget cuts to decrease teacher librarians in Jeffco. I have taught in Jeffco for almost three decades and have seen many changes in our librarian positions. Most importantly, the past few years have focused more on the technology standards. As a classroom teacher with a full curriculum responsibility, I do not feel like I have the knowledge to teach technology. I can not imagine moving my students forward and assisting them to be prepared for the twenty- first century without the support and assistance from our teacher librarian.
TL’s Work Closely to Help Teachers Meet Standards
Becky Cox has worked closely with our team to ensure the third graders are meeting the technology standards. She has taught many of the grade levels keyboarding skills, using a creative lesson where they all have success. To enrich and culminate our Life Cycle Unit she taught third graders how to create a Pixie Project. Most recently, each child has a Photo Story with six illustrated slides and narrated the piece to demonstrate their knowledge of the Native American region they studied. Besides presenting these project in class the students had the opportunity to share them with parents. They were amazed at the level of learning that took place. They know how critical it is to continue to instruct their child in the fast paced technology world.
Our District Should Prioritize the Things We Value
I realize with the budget cuts approaching, our district needs prioritize the things we value, and I strongly recommend we look at other areas and leave the money in the hands of the teacher librarians that make a difference in Jeffco Schools.
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