Today I’ve decided to make a foray into the world of blogging and I being as this is my first post, I feel that I should discuss why I’ve chosen to blog and explain my teaching philosophy. I’ve recently started using Twitter and have been so overwhelmed with the amazing ideas for technology in education as well as how willing so many people are to offer support, feedback and guidance! Teachers all over the world can connect to share ideas and it just is so fascinating to me! It is a whole new world that I am attempting to join and I feel that a blog will aid in my understanding and allow me the opportunity to be an active contributor as well.
As a relatively new teacher and one who has grown up using technology, I feel that it is important for us as educators to be engaging our students in their language. I very rarely ever sit down with a pen and paper anymore and so it’s hard for me to ask my students to do the same. I’m actually sitting here with a textbook for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course and am considering that when my students graduate next month, are they ever really going to pick up a bookagain? For these students, specifically, they are fully engaged in the worlds of texting and Facebook with the occasional glance at a newspaper or magazine, but are books really going to be an important aspect of their futures? I’m highly doubtful. So this makes me ask myself, what can I do to help them navigate the world of technology as well as encourage some sort of lifelong literacy? My answer: technology is the way to go. It’s my job as an English teacher as well as someone who is immersed in the world of technology.
In closing, that is a brief glimpse into my brain. If anyone has any comments, feedback, or suggestions, please feel free to share! Thanks for reading!