Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'd love to teach...

Rodd Lucier made a great post over at his blog, The Clever Sheep, that I related to. He listed 15 things he'd love to teach others if given the chance.

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:
  1. That it's okay to ask questions and not be the "sage on the stage"
  2. Play = learning (for you and your students - this transcends age, subject area and any other percieved barriers)
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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

2 comments:

shane.tech.teach said...

Nic, impressive that your list is filled with assisting other teachers to accept, experiment and learn with ICTs. I infer you have assumed some responsibility for this at your school - well done. This will be a tough journey but it needs committed people such as yourself to persevere and achieve small successes over time. I'm going now to post a response on my blog.

Rodd Lucier said...

Clearly there are many learning attitudes and aptitudes to model in promoting responsible uses of technology. I'm anxious to see what other characteristics of the 21st Century teacher-learner will be appended by others...