YEAH! I am Boring – – -> with a CAPITAL “B”
I am consistent, my classes are based on routines and forward planning. I have homework routines and set repercussions if it is not done on time (ie: do it). I have high expectations of behaviour and again have a known system of discipline that is positive (community service and restorative justice).
My subject area allows for some fun, like; group work, project tasks, open-ended research. . . my students engage in a variety of work activities and have a chance to choose their learning paths. Students get opportunities to explore and play with different materials, experiment, make mistakes and draw their own conclusions.
Students know what is expected of them. High school and adolescence is a tough time for most students- tougher for some! We should be making classtime as EASY AS POSSIBLE, especially in early transition years like year 7. They come from a primary learning environment where they are in their own space, with the security of a only a few teachers. High school is much harder! 8-9 classes, more than one glass group, 8-9 teachers- all possibly with different expectations, systems and routines, books, homework/assessment. THEN throw in the differing technological tools that each faculty, subject area and teacher uses. . . TOO HARD!
The other reason as to why I call myself a boring teacher is that I keep technology use SOOOOOO simple. I work in a school where 7-11 are 1:1 with macbooks, but I have chosen to limit the breadth of tools and applications that I use. I want students to EMERSE THEMSELVES IN CONTENT, NOT GET LOST IN THE TOOL!
I LOVE TECHNOLOGY!! I LOVE HOW IT IS CHANGING THE WAY WE DO THINGS BOTH IN INDUSTRY AND CLASSROOMS!!
BUT, SERIOUSLY? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
Right now, make a mental list of all the differing technology tools, subscription sites, programs, apps etc that you have once used in your classroom . . . . heres mine from 2011: (NOTE: I am NOT talking about sites used for information gathering or research)
THAT’S IT!! . . . . BORING!!
Now zip back through your list and select ones that were multifunctional, intuitive or maybe cross-curricular. THEY ARE THE ONLY FEW YOU SHOULD BE USING?!
I make a conscious decision to ONLY introduce tools and technology into my classroom that are RELEVANT, FLEXIBLE and manageable within my class time frame and curriculum, again, Students should be EXPERTS IN CONTENT, NOT GET LOST IN THE TECHNOLOGY!
The list that I have PLAYED AROUND WITH to get to the refined one above is endless!! . . . all the usernames, accounts and such I have signed up for to trial new online tools and programs is RIDICULOUS. Do you feel the same??
At the moment I feel like I am wading through countless options of resources, websites, online tools and products that may be very effective or not very worthwhile. I JUST WANT TO KEEP IT SIMPLE and use technologies/tools that students can use in the REAL world, or teach them real world skills. Do you feel the same??
Dont get me wrong, I love that teachers are exploring ways to modernise content and engage students, we cant be stagnant when technology is moving so rapidly. But LETS NOT USE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE SAKE OF IT. BE CHOOSY. I am not an entertainer, I still have content to teach!! Do you agree?