So I caught the tail end of tonight’s #edchat. I have been pretty down on the online community lately, and have even become known as somewhat of a luddite (I’m ok with that). But anyway…
The very tail end of #edchat had a bunch of tweets suggesting that people “mentor” another teacher in their building regarding social media. Ok, mentorship is great, but mentoring someone in social media? Really? That is the thing we are going to take time to mentor someone on? If we are going to mentor someone (or better yet, collaborate with someone) I think we have some better options. So before you decide to social media “mentor” someone, consider collaborating with them concerning one of the ideas below.
1) Curriculum Mapping
2) Classroom Management
3) Questioning Strategies
4) Technology Integration
4) Counting :)
5) Creating Authentic Assessments
6) Identifying “big ideas”.
7) Grading – or how to not grade.
8) Organizing your desk
9) designing bathroom passes
10) Can you tell that I think mentoring someone in social media is unnecessary? Yes, social media is great for connecting people and exchanging ideas. However, if our focus ends up being on the social media and the ideas and not the enactment of the ideas, the whole thing is a waste of time. Perhaps I’m splitting hairs, but I’d rather split hairs than accidentally lose sight of the goal: improving the actual (as opposed to theoretical) education of all students.
Then, when someone asks, “where do you get all these great ideas?”, that is when you tell them about your online PLN.
Let’s not let the online PLN replace working within our buildings to make educational change a reality.