Teachers don’t have enough of it. And neither do students. At least time for students to pursue their passions and interests and develop their talents.
Today I am writing my slice early. I have a school visit a few of the staff are attending. We leave right after school to drive about four hours, stay the night, and then rise early to drive to the school who is graciously sharing their program with us. It’s mid-winter break, but we’re going. Our district is paying for the time and trip.
Still, we’ll be away from our families. We’ll be away from pursing our passions.
For some of us, teaching is our passion — and so we give our time in the evenings and on breaks; we slip away from our families and read and check that last paper from a student.
I’m excited for this trip – a chance to see other teachers in action and to share with colleagues how that will play out in our school. This is time well-spent.
Yet times have changed — we have Skype and Google Plus — we can hang out or watch others in real time or recorded. I spend much time on those — and Classroom Live 2.0 on Saturday mornings at 9 Pacific.
In a the 7th twitter chat last night, a member noted that there we were, chatting about school at 8:00 PM on a Tuesday night. And we discussed this
— Ron Dorland (@rondorland) March 4, 2015
A4 me to student: Oh let me see your talent; show me what you can do; teach me how to do that; thanks for helping me. #7thchat
— Sheri Edwards (@grammasheri) March 4, 2015
Yes. We need more time for teachers and students to learn together without that test prep mentality. Time — it eludes us. And so today, I’m off to learn with my students after rambling on…. and then learn with colleagues to improve that learning time.
Time. Not enough.
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