I want to write about teaching in middle school at this time in history, when the world and especially the world of education, is changing so rapidly. What my students needed 5-10 years ago to succeed is still relevant, but there is a new set of skills and ways of thinking to which I need to expose them. A set that is changing and evolving every day! As someone who received my Masters in Education over 30 years ago, I have had to take an incredible journey, learning about what a 2.0 World is and how to function in it. Originally, I thought of myself as the immigrant, to use the common language, but as I worked with my students, I have begun to see that I am a tour guide to a world that they know exists but that they rarely visit – except for Facebook and games. In many ways, I know this world better than they do, because I am a constant visitor, tasting the food, tripping down the stairs, meeting new people.
I want to use this place to share my explorations, to identify the tools that enhanced the learning in my classroom, and to learn from those who comment and guide my journey. I would not even be trying this if it weren’t for my PLN on Twitter, which has taught me to reach beyond the walls of my room and make deep, real connections with the world.