School is out for summer, at least for our district, but my learning isn’t over yet. I am in the middle of a blogging class, one of four classes I am taking this week. I have many colleagues who ask why I take classes during my summer vacation. The answer: I love to learn!
I love technology and most of the summer class I take are put on by our instructional technology department. This week I am learning more about blogging, wikis, Web 2.0 tools, and Dreamweaver. Once they hear the classes I take, then I get the question “Why are you taking those? You teach those same things to us at inservices.” This is true. So why do I take the classes anyway? Because there is ALWAYS something new to learn.
I learn new tools, new ways to use old tools, and fun ways to implement the technology in my classroom. Plus, for the past two years, I have been looking at technology from a different viewpoint. Now I need to take a new, fresh look at how to use these things with my students.
I sincerely hope that everyone who teaches likes to learn new things. How can we pass on a love of learning to students if we don’t have that love any more? Not that classes are the only way to achieve this. Many teachers work on lesson plans, read education publications, and talk to other educators during their time off. They may learn by taking vacations, spending time with their kids and grandkids, or reading novels. I hope that all teachers out there are doing something (however small it may be) to learn something new this summer.