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Hello! My name is Heidi Schoomaker. I am studying to become a high school Biology teacher.

At this point, I've read so many lists of what it takes to be a "good" teacher that I feel like I'm probably repeating someone somewhere somehow in providing my own list, but here it goes!
Above all I want to be kind. I know that sounds trite, but I feel like kindness can go a long way in creating trust and positive communities. In keeping with kindness, I also want to be accessible to my students. I want to create a space where they feel comfortable asking questions, whether that be in the classroom or in a chatroom. Finally, I want to be competent. I want to be a master of both my subject, as well as the way I present that information to my students.
I feel like technology can help me accomplish these goals. Not only can I use technology to make the information make more sense to them (in creating diagrams or movies about complicated Biological processes), but I can also use technology to connect with my students when they can't ask questions in the classroom.
Although technology can be a great classroom tool, it can also pose some challenges. I think one of the main challenges with using technology in the classroom is time. It takes a lot of time for both the students and the teacher to master new technology, and our schedules are already jam packed. I would love to learn some ways I can incorporate technology into my classroom without being a drain on time or too distracting in my class.