So, I started this teaching journey way back in 2004 (which still does not seem like that long ago thank you very much!). Back then, we had the YouTube but we certainly couldn't use it at school, at least not in my district. YouTube was more so for sharing cute (and/or ridiculous) videos thanks in part to the arrival of camera phones. However, remember having to plug that bad boy in and upload all your media goodies afterward. How did we live like that, seriously??
Since then, YouTube has become one of the most popular go to multimedia sources in education. While it still gets its fair share of creators just looking for their 15 seconds of fame, every once in a while I will luck up on someone who makes you go, "Man why didn't I think of this?"
The New Teacher Academy Channel is one such thing. John Spencer is at the helm of this humorous but true set of videos aimed at fully immersing new recruits to the educational crazy train. Though I have not watched all of his videos yet, I am a fan of how short, sweet, and most importantly hilariously accurate most of them are.
For example, I came from an early childhood background. Glitter was a requirement of the job. You don't like glitter, you don't do kindergarten. Period. He has a short little video on the two types of teachers called "The Glitter Wars Are Real. Choose Wisely" (see video link below).
My favorite so far though is one that I think every first year teacher should watch. It is almost as effective in preparing you for your first year as Harry Wong's now infamous The First Days of SchoolI book. It is called " 17 Things They Didn't Tell You About Becoming a Teacher" (see below). Things like the "freshman 15" and teacher nightmares are featured. Again, it's a must see before school starts! So, check out The New Teacher Academy channel today!
Hi! My name is Allison Barton, a former elementary school teacher turned Technology Integration Specialist at Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been teaching for 11 years and have relied on technology during that time to excite, engage, and educate my students (both young and old). I also enjoy very much sharing my knowledge about technology with other teachers.