Is too much to ask that all schools be havens of learning? Is it too much to expect that all teachers be exposed to the changing tides of education? Is it unrealistic to think that educators reflect and act on that reflection accordingly?
Is it so wrong that I believe that the very ideas that have truly impacted my teaching in such a positive way should be on the horizon for everyone else? Shouldn’t my children be afforded the opportunities to think critically, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, curate, research, create and publish?
According to some of my peers in my local community, the questions above are foreign. It’s crazy talk and just another “Rafranz is causing havoc” moment. I stand today as a connected educator with one problem and one problem only…exposure.
Global exposure to what learning looks like when students are engaged has deeply changed my teaching, perception and expectations. Clearly, I am well ahead of my time…as are the other 200,000 connected educators…right?
When you know better, you expect better. You do better. I am no longer teaching in my local community, however I live here and my son, niece and nephew are students. Yanking our kids to experience education on “greener pastures” isn’t an option and that is NOT what I want nor is it what is best.
What I want is for the students of my local community to be afforded the opportunity to think critically, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, curate, research, create and publish. This happens in some classes, I’m sure… but it should be happening in a vast majority.
I want teachers from my local community to connect themselves to global learning opportunities and networks where they can access other educators, their ideas, support and sharing.
Finally, I want them to feel the pangs of what “different” feels like. You can’t even understand what we are capable of doing as educators without exposure.
My goal is no longer just about connectedness, but about exposing teachers to new ideas, resources and empowering them to make gradual changes towards making learning an experience.
I know that this needs to happen and that is step one. The real work starts in convincing others of the same.