Monday, February 11, 2008

Never Stop Learning!

We tell our students that they should aspire to be lifelong learners. As teachers, should we not endeavor to do the same? We ask our students to challenge themselves every day by learning new words, new formulas, new theories. How many times have you heard “It’s too hard,” “I don’t get it,” or “Wait…what?” (that one may just be a middle school thing). But so many teachers shy away from new technologies saying “I don’t have time,” “I’ll never get it,” or “Wait…what?” (that one may just be me!) Well, my friends, it’s time for us to practice what we preach. Let’s learn something new today, shall we?

On his blog, David Warlick ( created the following to-do list for those of us wishing to become “21st Century Literate Educators.” I’ve already checked several of these off my list; how many can you accomplish before my next post?

A Path to Becoming a 21st Century Literate Educator — Self Development
  • Find two or more other educators in your school who are interested in learning and using emerging information and communication technologies. It would be of enormous advantage if you can include your schools library media specialist.
  • Identify the appropriate person in your school or district who can provide technical support and configuration for your increasingly utilized computers and network. Bake them some chocolate chip cookies.
  • Identify some edu-bloggers who are talking about the emerging ICTs you are considering. See the Bloggers to Learn From wiki, contributed to by a world community of educators.
  • Delegate! Assign each member of your team some of the selected blogs to follow, and share specific posts with each other.
  • Read, study, and discuss books about teaching and learning and the world we’re doing it in. See the Books to Learn From. wiki, contributed to by a world community of educators.
  • Schedule regular meetings (once or twice a month) at a local restaurant, coffee shop, or pizzeria (preferably with WiFi). Meet and discuss what you’ve learned and what you want to learn.
  • Start a group (A social bookmarks service) account for organizing and sharing web resources.
  • Start a wiki for posting notes, links, and step-by-step instructions.
  • Join one or more of the Ning social networks, such as: School 2.0, Library 2.0, Classroom 2.0.
  • Start your own blogs for sharing your reflections on what you are learning and how you are learning it.
  • Start experimenting in your class and share the results.
  • Share your results with other teachers in your school and Invite them into your conversation.

1 comment:

techteach said...

This is a great list, Karen. I'm all for meeting and discussion. Sharing ideas is the only way to accomplish the big task of teaching. Maybe one of our next tech meetings could involve food and discussion.