Man, I have a lot coming up this week. I’m glad I planned ahead.
“You shouldn’t have done that.”
What do you mean, I shouldn’t have done that?
“It’s not effective.”
What’s the matter with planning ahead?
“Can’t you tell that you’re not paying attention to your students’ needs?”
So should I poll every one of them at the beginning of class to make sure that the lesson that we only have 45 minutes for is customized to all 25 of them?
“Welcome to the age of innovation. Honestly, where have you been? You can’t be expected to be a good teacher if you don’t put all of your time and effort into using innovative technology to give your students forward-thinking, out-of-the-box classroom experiences that are authentic.”
Hm. Everybody talks about innovation but I kind of see the same stuff I’ve always seen. I mean, half the stuff I have seen that’s all flashy and new is all stuff I can do with a piece of chalk and some discussion in my class.
“Oh, don’t get me started about your classroom.”
What’s the matter with the classroom?
“Can’t you tell that you are clinging to an outdated industrial factory-model mode of teaching that is designed to enslave students in order to create nothing but compliance to a standardized test-based regime?”
Uh, should I get more bean bags or something?
“Look, just get rid of the outdated rows and make sure that none of your students are facing you but are grouped so they can always be interacting with one another in order to minimize your presence in the room.”
Yeah, everybody talks about the fact that students don’t need teachers because they can learn on their own, but it seems that I’m still held responsible when they don’t.
But then again, that’s “everybody” and when has “everybody” been right? Listening to people on Twitter is the same conversation we’ve always had: there’s some new method, but simply reading a book or an article won’t give you the full impact or effect because the people teaching teachers don’t know anything about being teachers. Although they seem to be too aimed at pontificating toward teachers.
So maybe what you’re saying is that I should throw out my furniture, give everyone an iPad and leave the classroom altogether?
“You know, you could really be an Innovative Educator if you just give it half a chance. And don’t waste your money on 1:1. You’ll get more out of BYOD.”
1:1, BYOD, authentic assessment, innovative, out of the box … is teaching part of this? I mean, people I work this were around way before that stuff.
“Yes, but they’re wrong.”
What’s the matter with my colleagues?
“Don’t you know that they’re out of touch.”
So I should simply go ahead and try to be the most knowledgeable and up-front person in my department?
“Well, you know that teachers don’t have a monopoly on knowledge. Don’t you know that all you are there to do is be a guide on the side?”
Maybe I should just stop listening to you so I can clear my head, get my confidence back, and go ahead … and teach.