Learn Globally, Teach Locally - for now, this is what I do.
My learning sphere is becoming wider and more global. I am communicating about subjects of interest to me, with people who have shared interests, and I may never meet those people face to face.
However, my work as a teacher (or instructional coach, mentor, whatever you like to call it) is decidedly local. I work in a building with people I see almost every day. I have a different vision than most of them, a vision that has been strengthened, challenged, deepened and in some sense formulated, based on my tech-enhanced, global access to other teachers. It is the network I turn to for help and ideas, for support and understanding. It is the network that keeps me going.
When, on a day to day basis, very few people in your local environment understand you, what a blessing it is to be connected to people you admire, who have a similar outlook or vision. If not for this outlet things would certainly be different.
1. I would be teaching in isolation. I would not have access to the ideas and projects that benefit my students on a daily basis.
2. It would be harder to fight the good fight. I don't tend to be the strongest person. I question myself all the time.
3. I might be writing my next blog post from a padded cell.
4. I don't think I would push myself as hard as I do.
I like working locally and being part of a community. I still believe in the value of face to face time in education. I even like the building ;) But I love the opportunities available to me to connect outside of this place. I love to bring those opportunities to students. I think that, for now, I have the best of both worlds, or rather, the best of this world.
image credit: NASA, earth.jpg. Pics4Learning. 19 May 2008. http://pics.tech4learning.com