I hope I’m paying attention.
Paying attention to what is going on in the world around me, and hopefully bringing it into my classroom. Currently my students are journaling…using pen and paper. Many say kids can’t write anymore, we don’t teach enough handwriting, if we do at all. But, do I even need to say it? Nobody writes with a pen and paper! We text. We blog. We use a word processor with spell check. I am relevant as an educator if my students use outdated technology? I can’t answer that.
I currently work at a small school, K-12, the secondary department (7-12) does all instruction/learning with a Macbook. Cool, I think. We, over here in Elementary don’t get that technology. I’m not writing this to express bitterness, rather to say that next year I’ve heard the grade sevens will no longer be using the Macbook. I believe it has something them being unable to handle the responsibility of a laptop. In other words they play too many video games and don’t do enough “schoolwork”. I wonder whether prohibition is the answer. Shouldn’t they instead be taught responsible behavior, and be monitored? I would love to have to have laptops in my classroom. I could do amazing stuff! I would happily guarantee that no video games were played.
I know from my experience that in order to engage kids you have to come at them with some kind of relevance. A laptop in the classroom would be one way to do this. It just needs to be managed like any other learning tool.
I watched this video on teacher tube this morning, and it is the reason I am blogging this afternoon. I have several blogs for my classroom, but this is the first time I’ve done it purely for the sake of creating content. I figure the more I can engage in the technology swirling around me, the more I can show my students how to use it constructively and creatively to make their time spent in my classroom connect to the lives they lead, and will lead. The last thing I want to be is that irrelevant teacher with the come over, that is still using his lesson plans from 2009 in the 2039.
I’ll leave you with a link that has got me thinking. Pay Attention