I originally published this post in May of 2013. I feel this rant coming on again…so here you go.
I hear so many educators complain about how technology is hijacking our students’ education. How they don’t know how to be digital citizens. How they are addicted. How all they care about is YouTube and Facebook and their social lives. So instead of teaching it they dismiss it, poopoo it, and try to ban it.
Tell me… How do you propose students learn about being digital citizens if not at school?
Note over. And out.
Part of my job, no. Most of my job has me thinking about Professional Development. Today it has me wondering about how much others think about it.
As a teacher, how much importance do you place on PD? Is it something you do because it is part of your yearly schedule or is it something you actively seek out and want a say in?
The Quebec Education act tells us that we need to maintain a high level of professionalism – what does that mean to you? And does it mean the same for all of us?
It also says that we are required to be involved in the training and mentoring of new teachers. How are we helped in that area? What does this look like?
My bias is that PD is our tether line. It is what can keep us connected to others and to our own growth as we navigate the cliff sides of the ever changing classroom context.
How would you describe it?
When I garden I want to tear my hair out along with the weeds and grass at times because there just seems to be so much to pull to let the plants I love to breathe and shine.
My first inclination could be to just pull haphazardly but I’ve noticed that if I patiently allow my hands to travel to the root of what it is I want to suss out, then a gentle tug is enough to remove a whole tangle of unwanted grass and weeds.
Understanding why and locating where is enough to tend to just about any garden.
Last Monday I was contemplating my options for the school year: thinking mainly that I would continue to work on little contracts, like French Help, Whenever and some work with Abilipad, and the like until what I really wanted came along.
This summer I also did some work internally about what exactly ‘what I really wanted’ looks like.
Last Tuesday, I applied to a position at an elementary school in Montreal. Within minutes, I received a phone call and we arranged to meet the following day.
Last Wednesday, everything clicked into place.
To make a long story short, last Friday I signed the paperwork to accept the position.
Tomorrow will be my first day as Educational Technology Coordinator at Akiva School. The whole interview and hiring process was a whirlwind yet marked by significant conversations about student, teacher, and whole school growth. That’s how I felt the click.
I am anticipating a full brain for the next little while as I intend to listen for the heart beat of the school, to understand where I am and what work we need to do together. So exciting.
To prepare for it, I planned some grounding activities for today, my last day of summer vacation. The other day I finally purchased a stylus and downloaded paper. I also love making lists, so I used the two to do just that for today.
Of course, this is all peppered with playing with and loving my Jack.
Enjoy your day. I already am!
My driving force has always been hope for the future. That everything I do is buttressed by this incredible hope for the future. Indeed, that everything we do in education is held up by the same.
There is a lot of talk about hope lately. There has to be because some pretty hope-less events are happening.
Men are being killed for the colour of their skin and their killers are not being punished for the colour of theirs.
If we look at the comments to almost any article written about these events, the situations seem even more dire.
My dilemma is that I place hope in the future. Or towards the future. So today I question: must hope always refer to the future?
If I focus on hope, do I deny the good being done today, for today?
As educational leaders – and to this I include teachers, consultants, administrators, support staff – we need to lead our learners to find the actions and events infused with hope that are happening in the present.