One of my professional goals for 2012 is to start blogging about my experiences in the fortress of education. To set the record straight, I am not blogging because everyone else is blogging. I find that my days are consumed by reading and responding to emails, and teaching and assessing my online students. There is very little time left for reflection, and that is not a good thing.
I tried to start this discipline in May 2012 when I attended The Vancouver Symposium on Christian Education for the 21st Century, but I didn’t get very far … like the bicycle above. I am making a new start, here at the beginning of a new quarter in our school year. I hope that by setting aside a few minutes a week and blogging about some of the educational experiences I am having, it will help me to become a more reflective, a.k.a. better, teacher.
To lifelong learning!
I have been blessed with the opportunity to represent Dalat at the second gathering of The Vancouver Symposium on Christian Education for the 21st Century. It has been a fantastic time of networking and sharing of ideas. I thank God for placing this dream in Greg Bitgood and Mark Beadle’s hearts. It is helping me to look past my circumstances and see God’s heart for the nations. Praise God!
So here are some takeaways from the pre-conference:
- Successful, educational innovation is a team effort. We need to create and encourage a climate that fosters team work and collaboration in our staff.
- The virtual world is a real space, just as the spaces in our school buildings are real spaces. As Christian educators we must not ignore the influence this will have on the relationships and community formation of our schools as a whole.
- Perhaps one of the most valuable topics we discussed (in my opinion) is teaching our constituents, i.e. students, parents, and teachers, the need for a digitally balanced life – especially if (depending on our setting) we live in a culture that is ‘Internet-gadget’ / ‘communication-device’ saturated. A great place to start is Dr. Jerry Thacker’s blog, http://jerrythacker.wordpress.com/.
- Give students a voice. It doesn’t mean you have to do everything they ask for or necessary believe everything they say, but you may be able to glean some helpful ideas from them.