I was reading some blog posts this morning and 2 in particular really stuck out at me. Partly because they were on the same topic and partly because it is such an important issue facing all teachers.
In this blog post by Olivia, she talks about how we as teachers don’t even know what we are preparing our students for in the future. A whole lot of the careers they will have aren’t even created yet. So how are we supposed to teach them the skills they need for jobs that we don’t know about yet? I guess we just have to teach them broad skills so they can fit them into any type of job. For example, learning computer skills is not just learning how to write a Word document but how to type fast and save your work and share it with others so that the students can then go and use those skills to type messages on Facebook or blogs or write professional resumes and email them to future employers.
The other blog post I saw was from David and it focuses on the connectivity of our classrooms at the moment. Teachers and students are connecting in many different ways through email and online forums and as David pointed out “With the increase in connectivity and access to and from my students, has our teaching day just become significantly longer? Have the boundaries between work and home become more rubbery?”
When we spend time outside of the classroom answering emails and connecting with students on homework and assignments, we are losing our free time to more school related work. I know that as teachers there will always be lessons to plan and professional development to attend in our own time, but with a connected classroom comes the loss of more of our time as we stay connected to pour students after school hours.
It is great to use technology to our advantage and help our students with their work and stay connected to them through Google docs and forums etc, but we must still have time off. We need time to do our own thing and live our own life away from the computer and the constant connectivity to the classroom.