Cool cat teacher blog ace mentor relationship building with google drive and google classroom gas in back

Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration and Experimentation. Learn this powerful method of mentoring. Next week we’ll interview Lindsay George, the other half of this experience.

I just think that technology is a way to improve the mentor induction teacher relationship for many reasons. I think the biggest is probably the E for experiment. I just have a passion for induction teachers and pre-service teachers and I’ve just kind of always been an open-book for them.

So she can go home on her Chromebook and she can search for something. I know that not everybody is as comfortable as I am with sharing everything, so if you wanted to just do shared folders or a team drive where you retain ownership, you can change permissions so that nobody can delete anything.

But in the Google Doc, in the lesson plan, we can put links in the lesson plan. So if we’re watching a video, we would link the video in that lesson plan. All you have to do is open up that lesson plan for the day, and all your links are already there for you. All of our shared stuff is ready there. So she doesn’t have to come over and say, “Oh, can you remember to email me the insert?” It’s literally all there.

You just type plus, and you start typing their name, you type in their email, and in the comment, and it will have a little checkbox. And it will say, “Assign this to Stephanie Goldman.” and you’ll check it, and boom, she gets an email, and there you go. It just prevents SO much confusion, doesn’t it?

There was kind of a disconnect between the mentor saying. “How do I help the induction teacher learn from that and kind of make that process visible?” to where, now, when I try a new technology tool, and it doesn’t work, that would be similar to her trying to do an instructional strategy, technological or not, and having it fail, and first attempt in learning, not a fail.

But me going through that process and being transparent with her, “OK, this tool didn’t work, maybe it was my delivery of instruction,” or something. And I can think through that and reflect on my experience with her. I think that’s really helped when she introduces a new technology tool or a lesson didn’t go well.

Stephanie: Yes, exactly. And I think that is something that we, as mentor teachers, don’t do enough of because we have just become so comfortable in our lessons and our subject matter and things like that. The introduction of all this new technology is a great opportunity to show that process. Let them see you struggle

I’m even transparent and open with my students. So we’ll just have something go completely wrong and I’ll go, “Guys, this was a faceplant! This was terrible! Let’s take a different approach, or give me some feedback so we can do better for next time.”

We’ve done a lot of co-teaching classes together where there was mostly writing where the students were in the Google classroom together. They turn in their writing, or while they’re working on it we both get a chance to comment on it and actually do face-to-face conferences with that technology.

Stephanie Goldman currently teaches fourth grade language arts and social studies in a 1:1 chromebook classroom at Lincoln County Elementary School in Lincolnton, Georgia. She previously taught in Richmond County (GA) and Spartanburg (SC) County District 1. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She has been honored as Rollins Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2012 and a top five finalist for Richmond County School’s County Teacher of the Year, and as Lincoln County Elementary School’s and Lincoln County’s Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Steph enjoys integrating technology in the classroom to increase student learning and engagement, as well as to make life easier for teachers. She has a passion for mentoring induction and pre-service teachers and helping them to integrate technology as they begin in their teaching career.

She is a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2 as well as a Google Trainer. She loves being a “Google Nerd” and sharing what she has learned. This past spring, she co-taught a Google Certified Educator Level 1 boot camp for Lincoln County. She has presented sessions for the CSRA Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) and the First District RESA, at Augusta University’s Impacting Student Learning Conference and for an Augusta University graduate class, at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies’ Annual Conference, and for AppsEvents. This summer, she plans to present at an AppsEvents summit and at Ed Tech Team’s Peach Summit.

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