I can definitely see how “classroom responsibilities and pressure to raise students’ standardized test scores” can prevent teachers from focusing on their leadership opportunities in the classroom. The state continues to demand high standardized test scores from all students, placing blame on the teachers if students’ scores are not up to par. With these scores looming over their heads (and potential jobs and salaries), I could see how teachers would concentrate most of their effort on preparing students for these tests rather than creating collaborative environments that support authentic learning opportunities and leadership potential.
My hope is that this will slowly begin to change. I do not understand the emphasis placed on standardized test scores when we are also emphasizing the importance of differentiation. Ironic, isn’t it?
This quote really forced me to think about my future with technology. I have another semester in this program, and that is wonderful, but what am I going to do afterwards? Technology is always changing, and it is very difficult to keep up with it.
“Growing a personal learning network takes time, effort, and perseverance.” – While I really hope that I can continue my posts on this blog, my work on my website, my networks on Schoology… it scares me to think about the time I am going to have to commit to keeping updated. I am starting to understand more and more why many teachers shy away from technology. It is an amazing tool in the classroom, but teachers must work very hard to incorporate this tool into their lessons, work, and overall lives.
I know that I am going to have to work on my impatience in order to continue my work with media and technology. I believe that I am ready, but that is easier said than done.
“However, I feel it is a disservice to children when educators become so enthralled with the tools that they lose sight of what is most important – the learning.” I see this happening in schools all the time. While I was in my senior year of High School, Smartboards were brand new, and I remember that my Economics teacher was the lucky winner of the first device in her classroom. Unfortunately, this amazing device was never used. She did not take the time to learn how to use the device in order to enhance our learning. She mainly used the board for typing notes and showing movies. While this was back in 2007, I still see this happening in classrooms today.
All teachers want new technology, but sometimes they focus so much on obtaining the new tool that they do not learn how to incorporate this tool into their teaching. This is not a good place to be in. Tools do change, and they change frequently. We, as teachers, must learn how to keep updated while confronting financial issues. My hope is that more teachers learn how to incorporate these technologies into their lessons in an engaging and meaningful way.
Technology is the future. Currently, I am reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and I have to say, this novel terrifies me (along with 1984 and Feed)! This quotation reminded me of Huxley’s novel. By utilizing technology is our classrooms, we are definitely preparing our students “for an unknown future.” Technology is changing and progressing faster than anything we have seen before. I mean, the iPad 3 is already coming out! I, on the other hand, do not even own a smartphone. But, that is a completely different topic… With these advancements occurring as fast as they are today, who knows what the future will look like. Maybe we will be driving space cars!
Anyway, I believe that technology has enabled teachers to provide their students with authentic activities. For example, students can practice their writing skills by utilizing blogs. While class journals are only seen and graded by the teacher, blogs can be seen by anyone entering the virtual world! This type of authentic learning encourages students to produce their best work possible. And as an English teacher, I love these types of assignments. My hope is that more teachers begin to learn about and embrace these new technologies in order to prepare our students for an unknown world.
I found this quote to be extremely fascinating. Although we don’t think about it, we really are always learning something new. Learning is a process that continues unconsciously while we engage in conversation with others, tune into the local news channel, read our favorite novels, magazines, or newspapers, and drive around towns, cities, and landmarks. As Dewey said, education really is a social process. I believe that this is a powerful statement that we as teachers can use in order to encourage our students. Learning does not have to come from a textbook or boring lecture; learning is a process that we all utilize in order to prepare, inhabit, and succeed in life. When we learn new things, whether it is to go to the bathroom or to write a formal essay, we are able to apply our new knowledge to help us face obstacles down the road, become a part of the community, and understand new ideas and concepts. I hope that we can instill this message in our students. Learning does not only occur in school. As Dewey stated, “education is life itself.”
I found this quote so interesting! I never thought about the process of “unlearning” something that I have learned. But when I thought about this some more, it actually makes sense. In my opinion, this part of learning is the most difficult part. I work at a home for developmentally disabled adults, and right now we are making this huge transition by becoming a part of Camp Venture. Every week, we are forced to learn something new: change our way of documenting, switch over to a new medication process, participate in new trainings, and learn new task procedures. I must say, this transition has been so difficult. I have been at Tanglewood for over five years, and I have become very comfortable in my job responsibilities. When a person is asked to forget procedures that they have practiced for a good amount of time and learn new procedures, it is hard. I have been practicing this way for so long that I easily become confused and frustrated while I am thrown out of my comfort zone. I definitely have to work on this process myself. And I hope to practice connected learning as a teacher and model this process for my students.
In this quotation Linda Darling-Hammond and her colleagues describe how teachers need to learn how to collaborate. While studies show that collaboration between colleagues leads to “growth of personal teaching practices and student achievement,” many teachers still choose to keep to themselves instead of collaborating with their colleagues. I find this to be a sad fact. Like Rob said in class, there are many teachers who simply do not want people to “steal” their lesson plans and choose to isolate themselves from learning and growing along with other teachers. As teachers, I feel that we have the responsibility to helping our students learn and grow to the best of our abilities. In order to help all students, collaboration is a must! If we have great material that we know works, why not share it! It will help other students! I bet that the teachers you collaborate with will have awesome stuff to share with you as well!
I have always stuck to that famous saying: “two heads are better than one” when it comes to teaching! My hope is that more teachers will be open to this philosophy in order to help their students. My question is: How can we persuade teachers who refuse to collaborate?