Since late October I have not really enjoyed going to work. It was a chore and I did my duty, looking forward to my exit time at the end of the day. I realized yesterday why this has happened. It has been about the “stuff” lately and not about the learning or the people. This was a necessary evil as it was my campuses time to get new computers. New computers are a blessing and a curse, but for me it took my attention away from what I love about my job. So now with winter break approaching I am desperate to find something to hold onto to take me through the long spring semester. I stumbled upon a pin on pinterest about a “Genius Hour” that a 5th grade teacher was implementing. I was fascinated. I want my kids in this classroom. But more importantly I want to be this kind of teacher!
I started searching for more information about Genius Hour to see what I could find. I found http://www.geniushour.com/ run by Chris Kessler (@iamkesler) and started reading. I am hooked. I am not sure how to implement this strategy as an Instructional Technology Specialist, since I don’t teach in a classroom. I also think those I work with are overwhelmed, but maybe they are not. Maybe they need a fresh take as I do. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and I plan on asking after the Christmas break.
I began asking myself, what would be my passion project? What would I investigate? That is when I think about the last few months on the job and the focus on the “stuff.” I want to investigate how to get away from the stuff and focus on the learning and the people. To start on this journey I purchased one of the books suggested on the Genius Hour website – “Teach Like A Pirate” by Dave Burgess. Okay – so I first looked at the book because I liked the title and my college mascot is a pirate, so it spoke to me. Turns out Pirate stands for traits in a good teacher. P is for Passion. Passion can come from the 1)Content, 2)Profession and 3)Personal.
I got stuck trying to answer the question “What is it about being an educator that drive you?” This should be an easy question, but it wasn’t. I could not pinpoint what it was that I enjoyed about my profession, especially the technology side of things. I was having fun in the classroom when I took this position 13 years ago. Why did I take it? Why did I leave?
- I took it because I wanted to help teachers reach students in new ways.
- I liked helping teachers make sense of how technology could fit into their classrooms.
- I wanted to impact more students that I could in my own classroom.
I did not take it because I love laptops, tablets, desktops, chromebooks, android, google, apple, windows, office, web 2.0, or any of the other “stuff” out there. This answer has been freeing to me. I am looking forward to learning more about how this is going to look in the coming semester and the impact it will make.
I also am contemplating the future of this blog. So far it has been about how to work the tools, but I really want to focus on the learning that happens with the tools. I have tried to jumpstart the blog for the past year or so without success. Does it need a new name? Has it served it’s purpose and it’s time to move on? We shall see. For now I am going to use it to journal my thoughts and ah-ha moments as I move through the book and through my own search to find my passion in my chosen profession.