As 2011 draws to a close, I’ve found a brief moment to step away from the craziness of the festive season and reflect on what has transpired.
2011 began full of promise and, as the inevitable march of time continues, I am pleased to look back and note the learning that has occurred.
I began this year with a decision to actively use and promote social media in my classrooms and teaching practice. Facebook and Twitter have revolutionized the way with which I communicate and relate with both my students and my PLN. The relationships that I have been able to forge have deeply marked my teaching philosophy and continue to challenge my thinking at every turn.
This blog has survived it’s first year of existence – a challenge in the environment of a time-poor teacher! Being able to share my thoughts and discuss the ramifications of learning ideas has enabled a greater level of discovery than I originally believed possible. I have met many interesting people and have had many interesting discussions on education in the 21st century – many of my fellow bloggers have shared their experiences and this has inspired me to challenge the status quo of my own career.
In September this year, I took a leap into the unknown and applied for a Leading Teacher position at my school. For those of you outside Australia, the objective of leading teachers is to improve the skill, knowledge and performance of the teaching workforce in a school or group of schools and to improve the curriculum program of a school. In the case of my own school, the position was specifically tagged as an eLearning Leading Teacher – charged with implementing a one-to-one computing program across all 1500+ students in the school, engaging staff to embrace a new tool in their classrooms and ensuring parents were on board with the potential benefits to their child’s education. Being successful in this endeavour has given me a momentous opportunity to challenge ‘the way things are done around here’ – and I’m looking forward to it!
As we head into 2012, I’d like to take this chance to thank those who have assisted in this continuing journey. I look forward to fostering this relationship into the future.