Our blog prompts / questions for this week are the following:
1.How do you take up teaching in a world where knowledge is becoming obsolete?
I try to embrace this and teach in a manner that accepts this and sees this an important concept to share with my students.I look for new ways to engage and empower students to help them learn how to learn that works best for them.I see myself more as a lead learner than a traditional teacher that possess the knowledge to disseminate to the masses.I find myself taking more risks with new lessons and tools to help create the conditions that promote the ability to analyze and synthesize knowledge.
2. What steps should/could we as educators take in relation to bringing social networks into the classroom?
I try to model what I hope that students could see as an effective way to harness the power of social networks.I have implemented my social networks into class and I’m trying to great students to build theirs.I try to create and promote collaborative projects so students can build networks and realize learning is social and active.
3. How do we balance the “moral imperative” to educate children to succeed in a rapidly changing world (see the NCTE definition of 21st century literacies) with concerns around student safety and privacy?
I think the balance comes with many factors.Knowing that this is the world that we currently live in and that students are experiencing this first hand (most times without a compass in this uncharted world), schools should be preparing them for their future and not the past or the futures we think should happen.A partnership amongst stakeholders (students, teachers, administration, and parents) needs to be established in order to provide these 21st Century opportunities.There are many that argue ‘get back to basics’, but I’m not sure those that argue this understand that there are new ‘basics’.Our students (and I would argue all of us) need to learn how to navigate these new ‘norms’ in order to be successful in a global society. (I also thought it was interesting that the NCTE site stated ‘This position statement may be printed, copied, and disseminated without permission from NCTE.’)
Mulling and Musings on this week’s assigned readings and videos:
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.