| Teacher Portfolio: Rob Stone
a Northern Nevada teacher shares on-line lessons and ideas
This I believe…These are exciting times in which to teach and learn. The world is changing before our eyes and, in the process, offering both teachers and students a tremendous amount of opportunity to learn and grow. However, with opportunity comes responsibility, which makes for thrilling challenges…for both of us.
The way I see it, these are our roles in these exhilarating times…
My responsibility: I need to recognize that you are a different kind of learner than has ever entered a classroom. You communicate much more than past generations, via texting, emailing, skyping, facebook, youtube, etc. Your world is one of constant stimulation and engagement. You have information at your fingertips. You are curious, creative and energetic. You want to learn new things and are excited to experiment with life and experience life. You are skeptical about what school can offer and in some ways have lost hope that school can be personally relevant and meaningful to you. Once I understand that, I need to focus on helping you channel that energy in creative ways and provide you with a safe and engaging environment where you can learn and grow. Ultimately, I need to meet you where you are and provide you with authentic, relevant learning experiences that are useful, meaningful and fun. In short, I can’t teach the way you’ve always been taught.
Your responsibility: You need to be ready and anxious to learn but also willing to invest a piece of yourself into your education. You need to come prepared, listen carefully and genuinely engage in the opportunities I provide. You need to meet me where I am and trust me to guide you through authentic experiences. You need to use your mind, your heart and your voice. You need to be hungry to learn. In short, you can’t learn the way you’ve always learned.
If each of us believes in and commits to these responsibilities we can do magic…