Monday, February 14, 2011

Teaching and Sharing

After watching the video presentation fron Dean Shareski I have gained some perspective on teaching and sharing. It is interesting to see how much eduaction has changed in certain areas. The speed at which technology has evolved in education is truly amazing and with the evolution of technology in education has came the evolution of sharing in education. Before teachers began incorporating internet tools in their classrooms information was not often shared in education. It was all to common that teachers hardly even knew what was going on in the classoom across the hall let alone in a classroom across the country or world. With the introduction of web devices such as Facebook, Twitter, social bookmarking sites, blogs or wikis educators can share all sorts of ideas and information to different teachers all around the world. I think this is such a helpful process and is such a benefit to teachers everywhere today. In order to become a good teacher and create a postitive classroom envrironment I think it is absolutely necessary to get ideas and suggestions from different people all around the education world, professional development is so important in education.

I understand that the availability to share is greater in some areas than others. Not all school divisions can afford to place the types of technology in their schools to allow sharing to occur. As we move forward in education I truly believe that most, if not all, school divisions will begin to rearrange their budgets so that more devices can be made available in schools. I know that it is easy for teachers to go on the computer and share different ideas from the classroom and grab ideas that they can pull into theirs but it can be hard for some classrooms that do not have computers for every student or screens in their classroom. Teachers have to sift through information carefully and take the ideas that will work best in their situation they have in the school.

My time being a student is almost over but that doesn't mean that I will stop learning. I will admit that moving forward out of the education program and into the school system where I will be in control of my own classroom is a little intimidating I'm sure every teacher is nervous entering their own classroom for the first time hoping everything goes smoothly. The chances of that happening are probably not great because as Im sure most of us have all seen so far in our placements is that things in the classroom are subject to change and do not always go as planned. It makes me feel better than I inderectly have the support of teachers from all over the world to help me through as I learn what works best in my classroom. I look forward to sharing ideas and gaining insight from other educators through sharing on the internet. I plan on using sharing websites to help in my classroom and make the learning experience for the students the best I can. I believe that sharing and teaching compliment eachother well and I am excited to be a part of it in the near future.


  1. Hey Jay,

    Your post has touched on a lot of what I've been thinking about the last couple of weeks, especially the part about being intimidated moving from the faculty of Ed. to the world of education. It's especially intimidating seeing that in our student teaching placements, many of the ideas, technologies, and ways of delivering a lesson are the same as when we were there. Obviously, as we have been learning and seeing these last two years, this is not the best way. However, I think often teachers resort to this because with all the new responsibilities, the last thing they have time for is piloting something totally different. I believe this is where the sharing comes in. By being part of a network of teachers, we can all pilot small things and share the results with everyone that is part of our PLN. We all agree that students need more opportunities to work on authentic tasks in authentic ways using new and authentic technologies. However, we can't expect to implement total education reform without knowing how it looks. Hopefully by implementing a couple of things, sharing them with the world, and receiving feedback and other new ideas from our PLN, together we can create the education reform that we know will work in our changing world.

  2. I agree with you both about being intimidated about the transition between student and teacher. There is a side of me that cannot wait to get out of this program. I think I or we (depending on your view) just need to get out and experience things for our selves. We have been bombarded with different situations (most of which are "theories") to what could happen when you get a job, not what does happen.

    I think for me, I just need to sit quietly few the first few years. One thing I do know is that you do not want to ruffle feathers when you are a first year teacher. After a few years and I get on my feet, I will start implementing some new ideas into my classroom. You will need to be patient for the first few years, unless you find a perfect new age school.