Since starting my career as an educator, I have been immersed in the power of professional learning networks (PLNs). From beginning teacher support programs to Masters programs to Twitter and site cohorts; the collective knowledge we have in this profession is infinite and continues to shape my philosophy and work as an educator. However, never did I think that I would start a blog! I have to give a huge shout out to Matt Miller, author of Ditch that Textbook and education influencer extraordinaire, for his call to action to engage in the conversation via blogging. As a side note, go and buy his book Ditch that Textbook, it’s amazing!
Coming from a family of educators, I have grown up hearing and learning about the trials and successes of this profession. When I entered this profession in 2010, however, I noticed that not much had changed since when I was a student and arguably since my parents were students. How is it that we are graduating students “ready for the challenges they will face in the world” when they are getting the same educational experience of decades past? The world is VASTLY different from how it was when I was in high school and I graduated in 2005! At the high school where I work, also my alma mater, almost every student has a smartphone and we have 3:1 student to computer ratio. Economically, the world is dependent on technology and the soft skills that textbooks cannot teach yet, as a system, we haven’t changed the way our classrooms are to reflect the changes outside the classroom.
Of course, there are thousands of amazing teachers and administrators doing amazing things. It is these folks that have inspired me to grow, rethink, and create new ways of approaching education. It is my hope to use this space as a place to highlight these innovators as well as challenge the status quo.
“We live in the 21st Century. If we continue to teach like we did in the 1950s, we are not doing the job we are entrusted to do.”