Interesting how things turn out sometimes, if someone had asked me if I would be “co-owner” of this group about a year ago, the response would have been “no, don’t think so”. Yet here it is November 22nd, 2012 and it is in this exact place that I find myself today. So what has been learned? Well for one, we can’t predict the future and we can’t change the past. We can try to prepare for the future and learn from the past, but we live in the present. What has been learned from the past?
Let’s start with the great discussions that keep popping up on Thinkfinity, this doesn’t mean that I’ve been able to or had the time to respond to all of them, but some definitely have caught my eye and I appreciate reading the comments to see what others are thinking. Sharing new ideas is what attracted me to the Thinkfinity Community in the first place. Many teachers have shared good ideas and try as I may, it is still very difficult to incorporate every idea into my lessons, but I’ll keep trying, a big thanks to everyone for those helpful ideas/lessons.
The second lesson the past has taught me is how quickly Social Media sites such as Thinkfinity, and others, can connect a person to other people with similar goals and experiences. This is one area that I’m still learning how to deal with, because this isn’t where “my cheese” was placed. These past few months have brought me into contact with other teachers who have challenged me to improve what I do in my classroom. A few I have gotten to know better than others, but I am thankful for everyone that has participated in the goal of this group (and especially to those who started this group), which is to advance how we as teachers are able to make our curriculum more relevant to our students via technology. What about the future?
Well, the simple answer is we don’t know what is going to happen, but we can try to prepare as best we can for whatever is coming down the road. The future of technology is quickly overwhelming the average classroom. Many districts are formulating “visions for the future” as it pertains to technology in their classrooms. The problem is, by the time those “visions” are implemented; those visions will have become outdated. How is a teacher supposed to plan? That answer is simple as well; plan one day at a time, one lesson at a time and learn from what worked and what didn’t. Isn’t that what teaching is all about? It’s not about students that don’t know anything and a teacher that does. It’s about a classroom where students and teachers learn from each other. If you are lucky enough to work in a system that allows for that, then that’s something to be thankful for, plus a bunch of other things…
Have a great Thanksgiving… and thanks to everyone!