After Global Classroom chat this week Laurie Renton (@RentonL) wrote this fantastic blog post about the life of a teacher (see it here: http://laurierenton.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/work-a-four-letter-word-for-many-but-not-me/). The main gist of it explains how being a teacher is more than work, it is a lifestyle and there are those that ‘get it’ and those that ‘don’t’.
I absolutely love my job and I know that I spend far more time doing it than is entirely necessary but for me it is necessary. I want to offer the opportunities to these children that I would want to have offered to me. I want to show these children the love for learning that I have, how I like to find out new ideas and explore new things. How I like to talk to other educators around the globe and share my thoughts and ideas with them.
Already the children in my class have asked me why I try all these new things when other teachers don’t. I openly tell them about Twitter and the teachers I talk to, sharing how I find out about new ideas and why I tell them about it. I think that it’s a great example for them to see that learning does not have to finish when you leave school/work.
So although some may think I am mad, for the Twitter chats, Teachmeets and other sessions which I choose to attend, outside of school, in my own time, I do it because I enjoy it. I want to learning new things, share ideas with others and meet like-minded people.
More than work…