Monday, January 3, 2011
My first entry
I'm set to return after two weeks of Christmas break. I've needed the break but am anxious to return to school to see the students, the teachers, the office staff and the vice principals. I feel lucky to be placed at Frank Hurt and LOVE the school and my job! I feel that I have learned so much in the last few months but that I have lots more to learn about being a leader. I'm trying out Twitter and now a blog - never thought that I would do that since I used to be so afraid of technology and the way it consumed my time as a vice principal (with fights and bullying starting from student encounters on facebook, etc.). This year, my eyes have opened to the positive possibilities of technology use. I'm thankful to some of the teachers in my school for this - they use technology so effortlessly and use it to improve the learning in their classrooms and across the school. I've also been enjoying Alan November's Web Literacy for Educators. I truly feel that if we don't help our students by modelling the use of technology to advance our own learning and to show the positive ways it can help us to interact, it is almost a matter of malpractice! We have to help our students navigate through the search engines, the social networks, etc. It's possible that we may encounter some tweets, posts, searches, etc. that have inappropriate material, but I've decided that if I live in fear of getting some kind of inappropriate message then I'm not going to learn! So, in the words of Dr. Seuss, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." HERE I GO!