We’re now into the second day of 2010 and for many people it’s resolution time, however, I prefer to use the term goal. Here are my professional goals for the second half of the school year.
1. Teach Creative Commons in the first few weeks of semester two. After listening to @thecleversheep ‘s presentation about Creative Commons at RCAC, I feel that it is so important for my students to be properly crediting their images. We spend a great deal of time teaching our students not to plagiarize text, but I think we forget that images are also part of the creative process and deserve proper credit.
2. Keep building and maintaining my PLN. In the last nine months, I have met (both online and f2f) some absolutely fabulous educators in the world! As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I owe a lot of credit for inspiration to the good people of my PLN on Twitter and they have really rejuvenated me as a teacher.
3. Keep pushing for a change in thinking about education. As a relatively young teacher, I have had difficulties getting other teachers to think in a new perspective. They have questioned my credibility (because I only five years of teaching under my belt) or think my 21st century skills and ideas are radical and unattainable which tends to leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth, but even after this frustration, I know that education needs to change and I want to help. I also know that there are educators out there who are experiencing this frustration too and if we can continue our grassroots effort pushing for change, it will eventually happen.
These are the goals that have been swirling about in my head for the past two weeks. Please feel free to add more or comment if you think I’ve overlooked any ideas.