Our Task: Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Our Tools: Large Pink Bowl, Blue medium size plate, pumpkin carving knife
Our Supplies: Seeded Italian Bread, Smucker’s Goober Grape Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Stripes
What does this activity has to do with teaching, technology integration, and TPACK?!?!?!?!
We were given specific tools for this activity. We choose to use the plate as it was intended to be used, we repurposed the pumpkin carving knife and we did not even use the bowl. We also added a tool (our hands) to the mix pulling from what we already possessed.
As we were creating the sandwich, we both thought of different ways to create it. One of us liked the sandwich to be cut in half and with peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other. The other one liked the sandwich whole and to mix the peanut butter and jelly together on both sides of the bread.
We can directly relate this experience to our teaching and learning. We have all sorts of tools available to us as teachers. We are constantly sifting through them repurposing, tossing out and finding ways to make materials work for our own learning goals. Dr. Punya Mishra spoke about the movement from “technology integration into technology innovation” and we think we see this innovation in ourselves as teachers on a daily basis. We mold and adapt our teaching to reach all of our learners.
Written collaboratively with Thoughts & Wonderings by Yalonda