Episode 098: Deb Ramm, 4th Grade Teacher in Johnston, Rhode Island

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In this episode of the MEP, I talk to Deb Ramm, who is a 4th grade teacher in Johnston, Rhode Island. She talks about the struggles of being a teacher in a 4th grade classroom, and how she integrates technology in the classroom to help her students learn.

Guest Bio:

Deb RammDebra Turchetti-Ramm teaches fourth grade at Sarah Dyer Barnes in Johnston, Rhode Island. She has been a 4th grade teacher for seventeen years. She has been transforming her classroom into a blended learning environment using her class website, laptops, and iPads with her students daily.

She is a National Board Certified Teacher and recent PAEMST State Finalist from RI for Science. She had been both a participant and trainer for Rhode Island Teachers and Technology Initiative since 1998.

Deb is a founding member of EdUnderground, a hands-on laboratory where teachers can discover, explore, create and experiment with technology integration strategies, blended learning models, and other innovative tactics using hardware platforms and software programs to support the diverse needs of students.

Show Notes:

(02:04) Deb’s background

(03:18) So you found that the struggle really became your biggest opportunity to make an impact with students in those areas because you sympathized with students who were struggling with certain concepts in Science and Math.

(04:25) As a 4h grade teacher, it seems to be one of those transition years where these kids are starting to figure out themselves. I’m interested to hear your perspective on what the different struggles are in being a teacher in a 4th grade classroom and what do you see 1 or 2 things that students most struggle with at that age?

(05:58) How do you integrate technology in the classroom? Give us an example of a typical day of what how a student experience might be driving towards personalization and technology.

(07:07) How much do parents utilize the website? How often do parents interact with the website?

(08:46) What sort of data has been interesting when you ran your surveys?

(09:54) What would you say to your colleagues out there, how could they, the ones who are a little bit intimidated about potentially doing what you’ve done, how do we start to get more of your colleagues, show them exactly what sort of work can be done, it’s not as hard it may seem to be to increase their communication or integrate technology slowly but surely into the classroom to help students?

(12:15) Let’s talk about the FUSE fellowship. Can you talk about what it is and what your experience has been so far?

(14:28) What gets you most excited about the future of learning?

(15:23) What gets you most frustrated about the future of learning?

(16:41) What is the book that has most influenced you, your mindset, and why?

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Blended by Michael B. Horn

(17:59) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Thomas Edison

Links:

Mrs. Ramm’s Fourth Grade Class

FUSE – http://fuseri.highlanderinstitute.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deb_ramm

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