Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The world moves on

A year of my not writing has now passed.I have finished my year of teaching at a fabulous private school and as the position was a one year contract one I am now back at my old state school. After 29 years of being a state government teacher, the simple fact of changing systems was a huge one for me and I feel I am still processing what it all meant and how much my views on education have changed and my understanding of what a powerful impact having a one to one computer environment can mean. Today I turned up back to school, full of conflict about what I was going to find and how I felt about being there. How do I make meaning of the changes I have gone through? How do I feel about being in a horrendously under-resourced system _ I am now teaching a total of seven classes and have five different yard duties over a cycle.How can I try to make change? certainly there is a much more positive approach to technology but the school still struggles to provide sufficient access.I am now able to write more but I just wanted to mark the changes here and to get myself thinking about what I want to bring to this equation.

1 comment:

Tracy Watanabe said...

It takes a while to wrap one's mind around a one-to-one environment. The management, procedures, and facilitation changes. Then after a year, it must be extremely difficult to go back to an environment without the resources.

Do you think the the lack of resources stifles the culture and pedagogy, or is it the other way around? Is it the culture and pedagogy that causes the lack of resources? In other words, technology just viewed as another thing teachers need to learn and the funds are spent elsewhere... which causes the culture to stay stagnant?

I don't know you, but I wished there was something I could do for you. I couldn't imagine the struggle; but sure appreciate your commitment to making a difference.