Blog attempt: Take 2

I’m two months into trying to become a “connected learner“, and tweeting, blogging, and 21st century teaching , in general, are all goals that I am currently trying to cram into my ever-shrinking free time.  So here goes Round 2 of the education blog thing.  Wish me luck.

I once kept a blog about my life.  I had it for years in my early 20s, and updating it was the highlight of my morning.  Now, I am trying to spice up my internet presence and make my digital footprint a bit more about my work and passion about teaching math.  Movies and Maker’s Mark were interesting a decade ago (and still are, actually), but they take quite a backseat to my profession and my addiction to becoming better at what I do.

But why can’t I write about teaching math as often, and with as much passion, as I wrote about nothing a decade ago?  Maybe I’m less self-involved.  Or maybe I wake up at 4:30 and I just don’t have the time like I did in my 20s…

But I digress.

As I attempt to tweet and Link-myself-In, I am looking through this checklist of what a 21st educator is supposed to do and feeling a bit overwhelmed.  If my only job was to teach, I’d be golden!  But the age of the teacher/lecturer is one of the past, or one reserved for PhDs that work at the university level.  That’s not me.  I have to update online assignments.  I have to sign up on a google doc for a test day.  I have to post notes and solutions online, and make sure that I communicate with students who are absent (or their parents).  I have to read and respond to email.  I have to attend real and virtual meetings, and even lead some of my own.  I have to design lessons that engage all students – the visual learners, the hands-on learners, the auditory learners – simultaneously.  At the end of the day, I have to update my class websites and make sure that what was accomplished in-class is preserved digitally for all of my sleepy students to reference.  And on top of it all, I have to retain some semblance of being an adult, with actual human interactions with people that are over the age of 18, for at least 1 hour per day.

So how do I become a 21st century educator with all of this on my plate?  

Luckily, I think I’m already on my way.

Being a 21st century educator is, from what I can tell, not too different from what I am currently balancing, albeit sometimes poorly.  The key component that I need to work on, however, is collaboration.  And by collaboration I mean a relationship that entails more than me “borrowing” a Harvard professor’s Multivariable Calculus notes from his website.  

I need to work with people (who know I am working with them), and to build relationships that are mutually beneficial.  But what do I have to offer?  What are my ideas?  Right now, so much of our world is about forwarding and retweeting and hyperlinking and commenting.  What about the initial thought?  How do I become a thought leader?

Hopefully, I’ll get some clues soon.  In the meantime, if I come across anything good, I’ll forward you the link.

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About sherioffy

I am a teacher. I am attempting to persuade today's youth that mathematics is both beautiful and satisfying. I'll keep you posted about the progress of my endeavors. So far, no one is buying it ;)
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One Response to Blog attempt: Take 2

  1. Lani says:

    Sheri,
    I really enjoyed your post — so glad you stepped out to blog again.
    Wondering if remixing and synthesizing ideas to improve your practice might be what you can share? I’m interested!
    Lani

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