And it got me thinking, if I could teach my peers just 15 things, what would my list look like? A lot of my 15 would be the same as Rodd's (coloured blue on his list), however there are some others I'd like to include - either because of my personal passions or because our situation. So, here goes, my top five:
- That it's okay to ask questions and not be the "sage on the stage"
- Play = learning (for you and your students - this transcends age, subject area and any other percieved barriers)
- It's highly unlikely you will break it, most technology was designed to be USED not stared at. Besides if you break it chances are a student will know how to fix it before anyone knows any differently.
- Your students will be able to figure it out - if you give them the starting point and time to figure out the rest. And they're great at teaching each other...use them!
- Transparency is not a dirty word. Instead of imagining me out to rat you out as a "crap" teacher (chances are you're not, by the way), see this as an opportunity to draw from a wider resouce base, you're not limited to your classroom/desk/files any more