Be the change

Drive change

drive changeAt some point a teacher needs to work out that they are the one who is driving change and leading the people they are associated with onto newer and better ground. They have to have the confidence to be that kind of teacher,leader and influencer. Teachers have to have a methodical way of feeling so secure in themselves and what they are doing that they can be those sorts of change agents. It is not surprising some teachers feel confused, swamped, isolated or abandoned. It is a big, complex job and when you realise they are the people who can profoundly change others then it should not come as a surprise that it feels daunting and extremely challenging to be a teacher. Changing the lives of others and being an influence for positive growth is a demanding task. You need to address those feelings and perceptions methodically. You need to remind teachers they are the ones who can make a depressed child more at ease, a struggling child more comfortable, whole classes full of children who want to be a somebody that somebody they want to be and then they are also the ones who can inspire their colleagues, assure parents in a difficult , disrupted world and who can make breakthroughs in the delivery of curriculum so that it more meaningful, useful and more accessible. Teachers need to be held up, supported and encouraged to understand that they are profound influencers and need to take control of that. The internet is  full of great professional education sites which are supporting schools and educators both locally and internationally. Teachers can connect and be part of virtual groups and initiatives which will hold them up and move them in a safe way to be the leaders they are capable of being. The feedback loop is essential but part of that means teachers need to be able to identify, clarify and express the sorts of help and support they need. They need to participate in discussions so they can drive those discussions further and deeper. They need to collaborate with others so they can share their ideas and thoughts in order to grow them. They also need to feel sufficiently strong and competent that they can walk in and start developing the  ideas they have so they can make them reality. As a teacher you are responsible for a lot of lives and involved in so many interpersonal transactions. You have to know, without a shadow of a doubt , that you are the one who can be the change and that waiting for things to happen won’t bring that change about. You need the professional educational input and development but you also need the personal strength training so you feel you can make a difference and just go ahead and do it. It’s about learning how to be an independent operator who has a way of engaging positively, and in a considered way, with those within  your sphere of influence.

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Augmented reality in class

augmented reality  board gameOr classy augmented reality. The reality is a teacher conceived and created this augmented reality board game because he saw an image on the internet. We are connected. Our ideas are brewing over cyberspace. As teachers we benefit from being connected. This is the best outcome. A teacher has seen something and transformed that into an augmented reality game to be used in Phys Ed classes. Teachers need to be in control of technology in their classroom and they need to be developing digital materials which suit their needs, the needs of their students at the time and then do exactly what collinbrooksie has done – share their ideas. The PHYSEDogogy site is a good place to know if you have an interest in delivering Phys Ed curricula. There needs to be a way now of encouraging those teachers who have or could have the sorts of skills to develop workable materials for class to have time to share and develop their ideas. Mostly it is done out of class , in isolation with the encouragement of an online PLN. Maybe that’s the way it should be done so there is global input ,collaboration and broad peer review. Maybe , also , it needs to be recognized in real time and space.

SimpleK12 – Teacher Professional Development

SimpleK12 - Teacher Professional Development The SimpleK12Team has a You Tube channel which has videos on a variety of topics which support teacher development and technology in the classroom. There are videos about just about everything of practical interest for improving the implementation of classroom technology. It is a site, however, which would be of benefit to others who are not teachers but who might want to find out about Google Tools or iLife software, for instance. The focus is on classroom technology and software but it might just be the software and ideas you want to implement for other reasons. A very informative and helpful site.

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