While I was at the round table with many of my OWP friends, learning from Aaron Campbell and sharing frustration and joys with the others, my hubby came home around midnight to find me on the bed with my earphones on in front of the screen. He has learned to accept my quirps, but found it rather ‘addictive behaviour’ on my part to be on the internet at that time, with hardly a hello to him and our son.
Well, that’s what happens when you want to talk to people from all over the world about openweb tools in teaching. I’m glad it was late at night and I was still awake, rather than 7am and I (not morning person) NOT awake ;-) – you can’t imagine how much I appreciate you getting up that early to talk to us, Aaron. Thank you!!!
Sharing with people who experience many of the same barriers and similar joys was a wonderful experience!
In subsequent discussions with my hubby (also a teacher) I brought up quite a few of the points discussed. Yes, he is sceptical about the amount of time invested with use of computers and the outcome -‘are we really better teachers?’ and he finds the time spent in class together and the reading of actual paper bound books more valuable. Yet, it was a valuable experience for me to argue my point, especially that of self-responsibilily, which is a major topic in the school. The role of the teacher no longer as ‘the expert’ but as a guide to student’s own expertice.
And, yes, he is still sceptical, but he is more willing to try accept my arguments and may some day apply openweb tools in his teaching. And, I certainly learn more from his scepticism than I would if he just smiled and said ‘good idea, dear’. Having to argue the point and explain what the advantage to your teaching /your students’ learning is, helps me to grow and reflect. Discussions with my fellow owps are helping us all map the world.
Now for my questions: how much of the wheel will need re-inventing? Is teaching for the 21st century different than teaching before? Will we need to teach different skills? Will the others prevail?
How will we overcome the great fear we encounter when we try to get others to see that the world and the way our kids get information is changing? (is it really changing?)
Any more questions out there? Are there any answers?
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