I have the Shifts

My mind is all over the place lately.  After NYSCATE earlier this week, I’ve been giving some thought to my focus lately.  My focus has been on connecting and networking online.  That’s good.  But I think it’s just one phase of the shift that educators need to work through.  It’s very much a journey for me.  I’m not sure where I’ll end up (if at all), but I am enjoying it. 

Right now though, I feel like I’m stuck with choosing a direction.  Mind you, I’m speaking personally here, not professionally.  On second thought, I’m not sure that is even possible for me anymore. What I do on my own time is embedded in what I do professionally. 

Here is some of what I’m looking to do:

  • continue to teach and promote connective learning
  • explore more creative applications for learning
  • learn about programming as it applies to learning
  • study more on the impact of social networks for learning

Note to self: What is the common denominator?  Learning.

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  1. Right ther with you Brian, right there with you. With Jen’s post today, and even David Jakes response, all I have to remember is that all this is for student learning, and not me. I dabble in Twitter, impromptu Ustreams, and readig blogs in an effort to hone my skills and most important, improve student learing.

  2. Thank goodness for that common denominator – learning! We’d all be totally stagnant without it – it is so inextricably woven into our being as lifelong educators. It is innovating, stimulating, and represents growth and development – it is our ‘life blood’…and yet, for many of those unconnected, learning is a chore, a duty, and even considered a punishment – Stay focused on your learning! 🙂

  3. Hi Brian & Cathy Nelson —
    Thank you for pointing back out what I had stepped away from — the students (or in my case the teachers) who I deal with daily.
    I think I began to get a bit egotistical and very self-serving and needed a wake up call to redirect me to what my true job is!!
    and Learninglagniappe — thank you too for pointing out the common denominator. I needed that reminder.

  4. Brian,

    You might be interested to check out the blog at http://cjmcqueen.com/blog. He is an instructional designer, and worked on the Jing Project (which I just twitted you about, by the way) and he has some of your same philosophies. I know you are reducing your aggregator diet, but he might be someone to have a discussion with.

  5. Brian,

    Well put. As I have started to become immersed in the blogs of great educational minds, I have never felt more alive at school or in tune. I love to learn but was stagnate in my teaching.

    Technology and authentic instruction seems to be right up my alley. What better thing to model to students than the love of learning?

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