What was the defining moment you decided to be a teacher?
“Blackboard” by Photo by M. Rehemtulla – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
I just knew.
From the age of about six, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I would ‘play school’ at any opportunity. I would mark my pretend roll , write up ‘work’ on my little chalkboard with my toys or any friends being my students. I would mark their work with red ticks and crosses and write encouraging words of feedback on their sheets.
As I got older and experienced different teachers throughout my own education, there were plenty that inspired me.
Had it not have been for some great teachers who something in me; who gave their time freely to support what I wanted to do; who coached, mentored and guided me through the process, I would not be the person I am today.
It’s my hope that I can provide the same opportunities for my students. That I can pay forward the experiences and the lessons I have learnt.
This post is the seventh in a series as part of the #youredustory challenge. For more information visit their website.
“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it” – Simon Sinek
I discovered Simon Sinek on TED last year. In his talk on ‘Why good leaders make you feel safe’, he believes that great leaders “provide their people opportunity, education, discipline when necessary, build their self-confidence, give them the opportunity to try and fail, all so that they could achieve more than we could ever imagine.”
As a leader, my style aligns very much with his belief. The staff I lead and work with are like my family. If my brother was to continue making mistakes, I would not exclude him from my family. I would keep working with him to so he improves; which in turn would benefit my whole family. Likewise, members of my team are allowed to make mistakes. My role is to facilitate reflection and then assist with strategies to prevent a repeat of previous mistakes.
This post is the sixth in a series as part of the #youredustory challenge. For more information visit their website.
What is Connected Learning and WIIFM?
After developing a nice workflow over the past few weeks in creating and responding to posts for the #youredustory challenge, it all fell apart for me last week. I made the decision to change internet\telecommunication providers which resulted in some issues with our phone line. Given they could only send a technician during business hours (when I happen to be at work!) I had to make arrangements for them to be able to get into my house to make the repairs. Juggling the repairs meant a wait and going without the internet at home for a week.
That was a long week.
Being disconnected made me realise how much of what I do both professional and personal now revolves around being online.
Being without a connection made me also made me more aware of how much ‘work’ I casually do at home. My computer rarely gets turned off. I often will sit down and clean out some emails, check twitter or facebook, read some articles someone has forwarded to me. I liked being able to ‘dip in’ when it suited me or I wanted a distraction from something else.
During that week I found myself staying back at work (where I had internet access) to catch up on these things. I was far more efficient during this time – after all, I wanted to get home. I didn’t have time to get lost and absorbed in what I was doing.
Even simple things like the running of the household relied on internet connection – I had bills sitting on my desk at home that needed payment. How did people pay bills before internet banking? I don’t think I’ve ever paid a bill any other way. I went to go and watch something on our Apple TV and later remembered that I couldn’t do that either.
Fortunately, I still had internet on my mobile phone and iPad which kept me connected to friends and my PLN via facebook and twitter, but I was conscious of the amount of data I would be using up on my plan. And I’m still one of those people that likes to do “real work” on a computer.
So, my week of disconnection taught me how much I have come to rely on the Internet as a tool; I would now consider it an essential service like electricity or water. It made me more aware of how I like to work. It made me conscious of how much of my life now lives online.
So with my connection now restored, it’s back to work for me.