Friday, 7 June 2013

The Learning Journey

During the past two years, the way I think and work as a teacher has been changing. Not due to the implementation of numerous policy changes on the way we work as teachers, but by a decision I made myself. So much of what we do as teachers is dictated by policy and Government decisions. It's great to have a say about something.

So, I have engaged with and tried to better understand the technology that is available to me. We live in an exciting time, when there are new things coming out daily and new ways to interact.

As teachers we need to carefully consider how our interaction with and use of technology is done in appropriate ways, especially when we are working with our students.

And it's also about making things nice. We can design in ways that we never have before. We have so much at our fingertips. And we can learn from others who share their skills on YouTube, their blogs or on other social media and Pinterest.

I have been on a technological journey. To those who have shared their knowledge and designs, I want to say thank you. You have supported me on a very exciting learning journey, and I'm a different person for it.

And now I want to try to give something back to the teaching community as well (and to anyone else who might be interested). I want to provide resources, ideas and links to those who have provided me with inspiration and advice, as well as skills and techniques so that others don't have to start from scratch.

"Who dares to teach, must never cease to learn" - John Cotton Dana

John Cotton Dana was an American librarian and museum director, and his quote has become my personal mantra.

I firmly that as teachers we need to be open to learning to be effective in the classroom. That we need opportunities to engage in opportunities for learning to be able to relate with our students; to understand what our students are doing in the classroom with us every day.

I had to ask for help to find ways forward. I had to go looking to find out how to do things. It's how we learn. It's how we grow.

I hope that this blog provides you with new ideas and gives you the confidence to try new things.

You can get a copy of the poster to use by clicking on it. It will take you to a Dropbox folder where you can download the PDF. Please use for your personal use only.

The poster was made using Stampin' Up's My Digital Studios (A is for Apple stamp) and uses a Chalkboard background and Janda Elegant Handwriting font


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