Each teacher has their own style and philosophy on teaching, some even have a catch-phrase which summarizes their philosophy. Mine is dorkily effective. I am aware that “dorkily” is not a real adverb, but it ought to be. But due to character limits on Twitter handles, I have come to define my teaching style as dorkly effective. Again, dorkly isn’t an adjective, but it should be.
Personally, the effectiveness of teachers is the biggest indicator of their success with their students. I struggled whether I wanted to be dorkily efficient or effective, but then I paused to think. Just because something was done efficiently, does it mean it was effective? I can whip up a quick lesson plan that gets straight to the point of the knowledge I want my students to know. But does it last with the students? Do they go home and think about the knowledge and question it? Or do they just vaguely know the difference between an indicative clause and a subjunctive clause?
With technology integrated lesson (TIL) plans, I can have both effective and efficient lesson plans. TIL plans allow my students and myself to use technology as an efficient tool to effectively learn material. Throughout the semester I have learned about several more tools that I was not aware of from previous digital classes. Technology has been a great addition to my teacher tool belt, but it is by no means my favored or clutch tool. I will still use offline methods to have students involved and engaged with content, and going beyond simply knowing, but understanding.