OFF: Twitter Folks, My Sort of Disclaimer
Looking at my Web traffic from this handy-dandy WordPress Dashboard, I’m seeing quite a few people coming from Twitter.
Welcome. I wish I had something more substantial to say. If you’d like, there are a few links you should probably check out, so you don’t think I’m a Luddite-esque technophobe.
Here, I suggest school reforms suggested by long-tenured teachers, reforms that might actually work. Here, I consider multiple forms of literacy, drawing on the example of the Internet. Here, I talk about stuff that really matters.
To use both of my latest words of the week, I am not some reactionary iconoclast who cannot see outside my one-man-taking-on-the-world paradigm.
I use technology in the classroom. When available, I am not averse to it. Unfortunately, the singular emphasis on technology in our credential programs is short-sighted. New teachers use it as a crutch in their classrooms if it is available, thinking their 60-minute marathon PowerPoint lecture is the best thing since sliced Jesus. If unavailable, they freeze and go straight into survival mode — it would take more than divine intervention to dissuade them from bookwork and handouts.
That’s the crisis I see. There isn’t a crisis in accepting new technology among new teachers. Where I student teach, there isn’t reliable technology, and that’s the problem.
Address the funding issue if you want. I address the training issue.
Every day, we experience a thousand moments, each of those moments setting in motion a thousand slightly different possibilities in the future. When we make these choices, we are thrust toward another day's crossroads, where we have another thousand choices.
Given the infinite number of choices we make in a lifetime, why do we choose so many of the same routes and make just as many of the same mistakes as our parents and grandparents?
I plan to learn from their mistakes. Let's see how far I get.
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