My name is Ryan Oetken. I teach fifth grade for Ralston Public Schools. This year will be my seventh year teaching. I have taught fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. I received my undergraduate degree in elementary and special education from the University of South Dakota. I am married to my wife, Angie, and we have a one-year-old daughter named Ella. We also have a dog named Lola. They both keep up busy and entertained. In addition to being a parent, husband, teacher, and dog owner, I also coach boys' basketball and girls' soccer at Ralston Middle School.
When it comes to technology I am definitely a Mac person. I always had a PC growing up and in my previous school but when I came to Ralston three years ago, I became familiar with Macs. I also have had iPhones in the past and purchased an iPad Mini last Christmas. In my classroom I use a SMARTboard for instruction. I also use the schools Macbook and Chromebook computers for student to access websites to supplement learning. I use a lot of different websites that my students are unfamiliar with before arriving in fifth grade. I also use Skype and Google Hangouts to to Mystery Skype sessions with classes around the world. When it comes to Microsoft Office, my district computer currently has Office 2011 loaded on it.
I decided to pursue a master's degree to further my education and develop new knowledge to utilize in my classroom. I plan use what I have learned in my coursework in my classroom as well as with my colleagues to educate them on new trends in education. Education is always evolving so it is important for me to evolve as well.