Any growth requires a temporary loss of security.-Madeline Hunter
I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks and this week off will provide some much needed rest. I spoke at an education conference in NC, had an Apple site visit and am preparing to speak to some future educators later this week. Oh, and I was teaching too. Busy, but a good kind of busy.
As I prepare to speak to these future teachers later in the week, I realize they are preparing to enter into student teaching soon. They will be going into schools with an excitement about teaching and learning. In many cases, they will have an arsenal of technological tools, including iPads, at the ready. What a dynamic time to be entering the education field.
I started thinking about what happens when these young people enter a classroom with a supervising teacher who is less than enthusiastic about the use of iPads…or any technology for that matter. This can be a tenuous situation. How do you tackle a situation where you are expected to be the “teacher” in the classroom but you aren’t really in charge? How does the veteran teacher step into a role as mentor to this young educator when the younger person has far more technological background?
I was approached by a veteran educator after my presentation last week in NC. She was excited by the possibilities of iPads from my presentation, but was very anxious about the actual implementation. The big picture looks heavenly, but the devil is in the details.
Whether you are a student intern treading softly in a classroom that isn’t your own, or a veteran teacher feeling like an alien in a world that has previously always felt comfortable, change and growth always require some discomfort. Baby steps and true reflective practice will ease the transition. For veteran teachers, you are still necessary and relevant…more so now than ever. You have invaluable experience and wisdom. By implementing iPads along with your wisdom and experience, your teaching will be transformed. For the upcoming educators and new teachers, you are still necessary and relevant…more so now than ever. Your cutting edge technology skills will serve as role models for your students and fellow colleagues. You will be leading a technological revolution in your schools.
So, with all of our collective bravery, let’s go forth and be the change we seek. Y’all go on ahead…I will catch up after I finish my coffee.
Today, we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!