While reading the chapter “Messing Around” in Living and Learning with New Media I always tend to think about myself and my habits in regards to the internet. For unexplainable reasons it annoys me. I feel it shouldn’t be about me. Instead I want to reflect on my teaching practices, my students I’m teaching and how I can improve.
Something changed my thinking: I need to think and reflect about my habits and goals first. Only then I’m more aware of how to be a role model for my students and how to integrate educational technology into my teaching practices.
I never really was hanging out with friends online, except maybe for chatting with friends overseas. Messing around, which means for me tinkering, exploring, searching information, experimenting with pictures and videos and also creating, getting an understanding of technology, Facebook and similar, for sure. Although I never went so far to be within an interest-driven network which is changing now with Coetail and it makes me smile. I wonder whether the name of my blog will change sooner or later.
What are the ways for me/us as (language, primary) teacher to be a role model in the classroom?
- Openness and curiosity for change.
- The use of technology devices (Laptop, iPad, smartphones, etc.) during lessons goes without saying, almost naturally. Good to have natural curiosity.
- The use of software/apps means constant learning by trying, experimenting by myself and together with the students.
- Using tools like RSS Reader, Twitter etc. to develop myself professionally.
- Integrating technology into my unit planning to facilitate higher thinking skills and deeper understanding.
- Inspiring young people to try something new which let them explorer something new to create.
I’m sure there is way more. Please feel free to add. Yes, I want to be a role model for the students I’m teaching. In addition, I also want to inspire other teachers who are on their way like I am and who are inspiring me countless times.