Yes I am frustrated…our PLN can eat away at its power

Blog, Thoughts By Jen, muses over the tendency for our  PLN communications to lose the target. Whether Twitter or facebook, our networks are such rapid responders we lose sight of important issues. Agreed Jen!

“…Arguments over the pros or cons of Interactive White Boards, whether twitter or facebook should be allowed in classrooms, are there new literacies, constructivism, manipulatives, worksheets, tech or not tech, — feel free to add to this list — are eating away at our power because we are dividing over simple things that are not important.  Instead of celebrating the success….

From Jen:  http://projectsbyjen.com/blog/?p=1966

“…

I am right, therefore you must be wrong mentality
If we are truly in a time of “reformation” in education, the #1 thing we cannot do is shoot each other down.  Yet, we are doing so.  Arguments over the pros or cons of Interactive White Boards, whether twitter or facebook should be allowed in classrooms, are there new literacies, constructivism, manipulatives, worksheets, tech or not tech, — feel free to add to this list — are eating away at our power because we are dividing over simple things that are not important.  Instead of celebrating the success of someone getting into Apple Distinguished Educator or Google Teacher — people are being belittled for even applying –
and I don’t get that.
At a time that we need to strengthen our group — it seems we are destroying our group from within.  And I don’t know why.”

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Blogosphere, Education, Technology. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Yes I am frustrated…our PLN can eat away at its power

  1. Discussion and debate I think are important as they do raise the level of academic discourse regarding our practice as educators. As Mr. Kennedy mentions they do lead to something bigger.

    Arguments however are a small step to the side of discussion/debate where the personalization of a disagreement takes place. It is unfortunate and we as professionals should keep this in mind, reread our comments before we post them and delete some completely in some cases as I have done.

    Don’t hold onto the anger and frustration although I understand how you feel. It’s like a bag of marbles: you can carry them around, swallow them, or put them down and walk away from them. We have a choice to either be weighed down/choked by the anger of others, or we can set it aside and move on.

    Take care,
    Jarrod

  2. cultureofyes says:

    I agre that all of us who are passionate about evolving the system, often argue over the little things on the edges. That said, sometimes the small conversations lead to bigger conversations about big ideas. A discussion about Facebook in the classroom can lead to a conversation about student engagement and how we use social media to connect with them and learning. A discussion about IWB’s can lead to a discussion about teacher-centric instruction and how best we help students have greater ownership of their own learning.

    I worry, and have seen it in the comments, we sometimes personalize discussions that should be not about people but ideas. We have a bad habit of poking holes in ideas rather than supporting and building.

    All of that said, I have found the support and connections through blogs and Twitter from BC – in a range of roles, to be extremely powerful and made me feel more confident that there are thoughtful, passionate educators around the province in many positions that want to strengthen public education.

    Thanks for being part of my PLN.

Comments are closed.