I LOVE teachers……. kindergarten teachers, middle school teachers, teachers of students with special needs, high school teachers, math teachers, science teachers, language arts teachers , teachers who are small, teachers who are round, teachers who are tall, teachers who are thin, I like them all. I am in awe of them. They are right brain, left brain and both brain. They are sensitive and tough and proud. They are passionate, creative and resilient. They are hard workers, resourceful and gritty.
Teachers are all different …just like our students with different gifts and different learning styles. So when it comes to professional development there can be challenges. Often when immersed in a program like the Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts, (and how did I get here?!) it is easy to forget that for every amazing, gifted technology wizard there are twenty teachers who struggle with integrating technology in the classroom. Some don’t have time, some are afraid it won’t work and for some it just doesn’t come easy.
It is important to be an advocate for these teachers. The black birds, the blue birds, the red birds. My goal is to NEVER make anyone feel inferior because they don’t Sway or Mix, but to LISTEN TO THEM and to lead them, starting with their abilities, to another level. I could never be a math teacher (right brain alert!!!) and I most likely would be unable to manage 25 kindergartners scampering all over the place on a daily basis. That this is my THING, it is intuitive to me. That my desire is to help with their comfort and skill level. I LOVE watching teachers bloom into technology users and excitedly share their first notebook, movie or mix.
We live in such an amazing time. Where augmented reality can let you fly into the aurora borealis, where information is literally at our fingertips, where we can collaborate on presentations in Office 365, or Skype with a classroom around the world, where we can print BODY PARTS in 3D, where there are apps that allow us to share how a machine or a heart works, where we can wear computers on our arms and cars can drive themselves. In the famous words of Bill Gates… “Ten years from now we will wonder why we were so limited…..”
So today, show a little love to those teacher birds, they all tumble out of the nest at different rates.