So, yeah - that's kinda what my mind looks like at the moment...
I have a confession to make. I've been bingeing on Education conferences lately. Blackboard "Never Stop Learning Tour", Edweb, Edutopia, Online Learning Consortium, Texas Social Media Research Institute, Global Ed.
And I'm not sorry.
I am on information overload. And the information is wonderful just not, I've realized, the most important part of all of this.
It's the people that I've met that have really changed my own little corner of academia.
The connections I've made , not only on my own campus at UTA, but from all over the world and from many different disciplines, have astounded me. The value in developing my network is proving to be monumental, not just for me, but for my students. The sessions that I've attended with Scott Hamm from Cisco College, Dr. April Sanders from Springhill College, Dr. Nathalie Jones from Tarleton State, Eva Brown from Red River College, and Alan November (just to name a few) have changed the way I teach, think and interact with my students.
But that isn't to say it's been easy. These 21st century minds that I'm working with in my classroom don't think like me.
So how do I get information into that brain? Not like I used to, that's for sure. That's the reason for this journey. There have been some well worn paths where I occasionally dig in my heels (sometimes MY way isn't a bad choice, contrary to what my students think) and there have been some truly "light-bulb" moments. Quite often, when I'm courageous enough to try something new, I am amazed at how well it works.
The quote below works well to help me remember to be both teacher and life-long learner.
“Education is, at least, the endeavor to get people to do things they could not previously do, to understand things they did not previously understand, and perhaps, to become the people they did not expect to become.”
Hugh Sockett, Education and Will: Aspects of Personal Capability, American Journal of Education.