Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Night Before School Starts

T'was the night before school started and all through the city, not a teacher was sleeping...not even the Tech Integration Specialist. 

I used to lie awake every year the night before school started, meaning to go to bed early, but unable to sleep.  I always wondered if my students ever figured out I was just as nervous as they were on the first day of school.  This year is no different.  My role has changed and no formal class will await me tomorrow, but it doesn't change my excitement and,well, nerves. 

I think change and the unknown excites us the most, but it is also those things that scare us the most too.  Technology is a great example.  It is always changing...just when you think you know something like how to send a text message, you upgrade to the newest phone and realize texting was only the beginning.  It also holds a lot of unknowns. "What happens if if my PowerPoint locks?" "How do you hook up a Classroom Response System?" "What is a domain or a server or a USB?"  Afraid to admit what we don't know makes us shy away from exploring.

But see, technology allows us to have moments like the night before school starts anytime.  It reminds us that we are all learners. And in my opinion, if you are learning, you are living.

Have a great day matter what your role, remember that you first are a learner.  Everything else is just the rest.

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