This Kindergartner Is Waiting for Their Teacher to Share this with Mom & Dad
Recently, I had a chance to interview Jadelyn Chang, a kindergarten teacher at Foster City Elementary School in Foster City, CA. Jadelyn is an absolute rock star with the Kaymbu system, which she uses everyday in her kindergarten classroom. She told me all about the cool ways she is using Kaymbu and even gave me some awesome tips to share with other teachers!
Jadelyn, how long have you been a teacher and why did you decide to become a teacher?
I have been a classroom teacher for the past 16 years. I come from a long line of teachers, so teaching is in my blood! Teaching wasn’t my first career, but it is by far the most fulfilling and rewarding.
Why did you decide to become an elementary school teacher specifically?
I’ve always been drawn to working with children, whether it was being a nanny, volunteering at a local middle school, or tutoring elementary school kids in college. It’s all about building that foundation for all things to come. I’m actually credentialed for high school as well, but I love working with the youngest learners and seeing them grow by leaps and bounds over the course of a year. As an elementary school teacher, it’s important to instill a love of learning in each and every child who passes through my door.
How have elementary school teaching strategies changed in your classroom since you began teaching?
Elementary school teaching strategies have changed in regards to technology, which was non-existent in the classroom when I first started teaching. Using technology enables me to provide dynamic and interactive content to my students while teaching various subjects.
Visual, auditory, and hands-on learning is important in any classroom, and now teachers can take advantage of technology to boost and enhance their lessons.
Tell us how you integrate technology into your classroom:
I try to integrate technology as much as I can in my kindergarten classroom. The kids who step into any classroom now are digital natives and many of them know how to navigate their way around any piece of technology you give them. It’s important to find a balance however, and to teach kids how to use technology to learn, rather than entertain (they can do that at home!). I do my calendar on an interactive white board, use my document camera all the time, as well as use a Light Speed voice amplification microphone. I have several iPads in the classroom that I use in centers for reading, writing, and math practice. We also use various apps to create movies that document learning, practice handwriting, sight words…you name it! I use Kaymbu on a daily basis as well!
What is one example of how you used Kaymbu successfully in your classroom?
I love, love, love using Kaymbu in my classroom! One way I use Kaymbu is during Writing Workshop for documentation and conferring. When I pull up and sit down next to a child to talk about his or her writing, it’s often hard to write down what a child is saying. Using Kaymbu allows me to have a visual picture of my student’s writing, as well as their finished work. I also like to capture videos of my kids reading their published work, and then send it to their parents.
How has Kaymbu affected relationships with your student’s parents and families?
My parents love Kaymbu! The school to home relationship has definitely been strengthened since I started using Kaymbu. Kaymbu gives parents a window into the classroom, and allows them to really be involved with their child’s learning. They can ask their child specific questions based on the pictures and videos I send them and my students are able to answer and give them more details than “nothing happened at school today!”
How has Kaymbu streamlined your documentation process?
As I mentioned earlier, documenting learning and assessing what a student has learned is easier using Kaymbu. I’m able to tag moments and organize them by student, subject, and even assessment. I love how I can have pictures and video of each student and their progress. It’s definitely made a difference in terms of organization!
Describe one of your favorite moments from your classroom:
In my kindergarten classroom, I have way too many favorite moment to list! I love seeing students come into the school year with a blank slate. They are eager to learn, are excited to be in school, and nervous at the same time. The joy of seeing students become independent learners and engaged in their environment around them is always so rewarding.
What is a tip you can give to other teachers to energize themselves for the school day?
Teachers can energize themselves for the school day by not staying at school too late (guilty, as charged), going to bed early, and taking time to eat lunch every day.
What do you enjoy about teaching the most?
I’m not sure that I can say what I enjoy about teaching the most. I love seeing the growth a student makes over the course of the year and of course, to see the joy of learning and loving school in a child. That’s what it’s all about really, instilling a love of learning and cultivating students who will become learners for life.
Want to share how you Kaymbu? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @kaymbuinc and you could be our next teacher spotlight!
Make sure to check back next week for my interview with Kristl Wong, a transitional kindergarten teacher, who also happens to be Jadelyn’s Sister!