Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Greetings, Welcome, Intentions

Greetings and welcome to MYOUR Edublog. I hope through these pages to learn with you how to help my students, your students, our students to learn and become better people, individually and as members of the one and many societies to which we belong. I want to share insights and learning activities you and I have developed and continue to develop. Yes, I put “to learn with you” first because most of whatever success I have had as a teacher I owe to the superb teachers from whom I learned in the classroom and as colleagues. It’s an ongoing, collaborative process.

During the last several months I have learned an enormous amount from teachers all over the world. I blush to say I was essentially unaware of the possibilities for online interaction with this amazing cohort of gifted, generous educators. I have generally been a highly motivated, enthusiastic learner/teacher, but the concept of an online personal learning network and the wealth of strategies, applications, and lessons I’ve recently come across have raised my interest and motivation to an ever higher pitch.

I have mostly been lurking, in an attempt to learn some of the ropes, and even now must admit I have much more to learn than to share in the use of Web 2.0 and Classroom 2.0 strategies and tactics. That is not to say I haven’t been using online technology and some of these strategies in the classroom for quite a few years now. My students and I have benefited greatly from the opportunities they afford. But the explosion of possibilities I’ve come across of late is staggering and very, very exciting. I’m actually quite happy to lurk (it’s kind of congenital) but I also want to engage with other teacher-learners and explore together the ever-expanding opportunities for professional and personal growth that will translate into better lives and learning for our students.

With apologies to Clausewitz, what is teaching but “learning by other means?”

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