September 28, 2009
Facebook, PLN, Twitter, Web 2.0
Education, Educators, personallearningnetwork, PLN, teachers
Back in 1994 when I began my journey as a classroom teacher, there was once a time where there was a place called the teachers’ lounge. This was where slightly seasoned and ripened ol’ educators would congregate. In my new teacher training classes long ago, I was warned to stay outta these parts. However when I did pass through, I would always hear statements that started as “these kids…” or “you would not believe what <insert challenging student> did today…”
With the lack of such places in schools and due to the nature and convenience of technology we now have these places once again virtually on social networks; but with a massive audience vesus or two to three collegues.
Things that you could say to your close professional peers behind closed doors should not be said to 200+ followers or friends. So a note caution goes out to my fellow edtech posse that embrace web2.0 technologies. The teachers’ lounge is necessary for camaraderie, collaboration and stress decompression but it has no place in an online environment without reprocussions designated by your local school district. Need any examplars?
Please choose how you use your personal learning network (PLN) wisely…
March 12, 2009
Education, Educators, Math
educator, Educators, Math, veteran, veterans
The above 75 year old math educator (yes, still in the classroom!!!) has truly inspired me. I stumbled upon an article in my NCAE newsletter that spotlighted her accolades and perseverance in the classroom as a fellow front-line veteran soldier for over 50 years!
From the reading, I took note of the following….
- She informally assess her students by their actions by watching their pencils, papers, and expressions. Also, she knows her limits.
- When she deals with troublesome students, she calls on a higher authority… no not the principal or superintendant, or even Obama. Dorothy calls their name before the Lord and ask Him to help her – and you know that God delivers! This is what I need to do… she seeks divine intervention with the students End-of-Grade tests. She starts asking at the beginning of the school year!
- Dorothy believes keeps it old school. No electronics, that includes the overhead or even computers. The chalkboard is king – Away with dry erase markers & boards, new text books, and calculators. Straight OG, son!
Ms. Calloway…. thank you for your many years of dedication to the craft and may the Lord continue to give you
strength to mold minds and futures.