1. Thanks for the encouragement for me to do a better job of helping teachers “fish” for themselves.

    By the way, this is not to discount legitimate time issues that come to play with “fishing”, but time can also be easily used as an excuse. It takes five min. a day to come up with one new idea via Twitter, blog posts, colleagues in the building, etc. That “fishing” investment is not a time issue, but rather a discipline issue.

  2. Nicely stated, George. I have used a similar analogy when I present; teachers are often looking for that “gold nugget” that they can use on Monday morning, but I like to show them how to mine instead.

  3. Derek Suttie

    Great insights George – I don’t know how many times I’ve been told that there is too much to do and that there is no time to focus on teaching and learning. I agree with David – it’s about creating the time and understanding that this is really the reason why so many of us became educators in the first place!

  4. Paula Ayers

    Thank you George! I have learnt, been inspired, uplifted & motivated by your blog & tweets – yep,even when as an educator & leader there have been tough times & situations. Your words of wisdom, thought provoking comments & unending willingness to share are much appreciated & valued… & you have inspired me to be an avid follower & ( beginning) user of twitter. It’s where, how I get my PD & inspiration to continue. @PaulaAyers10

  5. Heaven Ball

    George I am responsible for training teachers on how to use technology effectively in their classroom. Teachers do want you to catch the fish for them. They are afraid to fish for themselves especially with technology. Many of my teachers are afraid of technology and want me to give them everything step by step instead of exploring on their own. I never really thought about now much I enable my teachers by giving them everything step by step.
    In response to Twitter, I was never a twitter user until I was required to follow educators such as you. I never realized the amount of information I can learn from Twitter. I do wish someone would take the time to teach me the best way to use Twitter. The amount of information you receive in a day is insurmountable and I am only following 5 well- known educators like you.

  6. Shelley LaCroix

    Thanks again! 🙂 I am completely addicted and have even started the conversation with teachers about all the possibilities! Still so much to learn!

    • George

      Just remember the one part about not overwhelming! I tried to find the best information and share that with my teachers. I did a “You Should Read” post once a week picking the 3 best articles. It was a great way to share with the staff!

      Thanks for jumping in 🙂

  7. Well said. Is it not the teachers first duty to promote and nurture a passion for learning, not only for the student, but for the entire community, including self.

  8. Phil

    The biggest challenge I face working with teachers, sad to say more so those teaching 20+ years, is to get them to switch on their learning brains. They are perfectly happy to keep doing things the way they always have and are fearful of the challenges that come with being a learner themselves. Yet they ask their students to be brave learners everyday! At a recent staff meeting I used an analogy for those teachers. I said “If I told you that in one week I am going to require that you explain to me everything there is to know about Facebook, what’s happening in your head right now? So imagine what it’s like then for your students when you start a new topic”
    As adults we are quite naturally only genuinely interested in learning the things we have an interest in or absolutely must learn in order to progress. Yet so many teachers don’t quite make the connection that it’s no different for their students. If teaching is not a genuine interest then learning how to improve your practice can become an “only if and when I have to” thing. If teachers don’t have a learning attitude and are not prepared to model what being a learner looks like, messy and full of wonderful mistakes, then in my view their students are doomed for a world of mediocrity.

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