sábado, 4 de outubro de 2008

New Experiences .. Where is the limit?

I've been teaching English for 12 years but I still have the feeling that I'm learning. I'm not just refering to subjects and vocabulary I'm talking about methodologies, technology and experiences.

Being a teacher without being able to take advantage of internet is a Utopia nowadays. Surf on internet? It's not enough anymore, we need to be experts. Teachers of modernity!

So ... As it's not an easy task I invite all my friends and colleagues to join and help me in this REAL adventure!

See you around!!! Maybe in one or two clicks!

3 comentários:

Cristina Costa disse...

As a friend of mine says, to be a good teacher we have to keep learning, so we know how our students feel, what they need and how we can better prepare them. I myself think a teacher should just be an extension of a student. AS I cannot be a professional student (I can be a student all my life) I became a teacher - an apprentice in a changing world.
Learning is part of human nature. The more I know, the more I learn and become aware of how much more there is still to learn. I think you feel the same. That can only be a good thing! ;-)

Dennis disse...

Oí, Elaine.

There's very little to add to what Cristina Costa said: what an excellent overview of the importance of learning and the interrelationship of teaching and learning!

I think that you are definitely like Cristina in that I feel that "The more I know, the more I learn and become aware of how much more there is still to learn" applies to you as well.

I will add one tiny thing. You said two very important things concerning the place of technology (especially the Internet) in education today. One is the second paragraph of your post ("Being a teacher without being able to take advantage of the Internet . . . ."). The other (which adds a critical piece of information) is your next-to-last paragraph: "So ... As it's not an easy task I invite all my friends and colleagues to join and help me in this REAL adventure!"

I think you hit the nail squarely on the head, Elaine, when you invited all your friends and colleagues to join you in your "learning adventure." I also think students should be invited to be part of this journey to new and exciting people, places, things, and ideas. I'm very much a proponent of co-teaching and co-learning, and when we as teachers learn from and with our students, the "gift of learning" becomes richer and more exciting for all who are involved!

Best wishes from a "fellow traveler" in Arizona, U.S.A.!

Dennis in Phoenix

Carla Arena disse...

Dear Elaine,

Here you see a vivid example of what learning and connecting online mean. Cris and Dennis are dear friends, partners, learners, but, believe it or not? We've never met each other f2f. We're just click away!

So, find your online buddies and keep moving forward.