Like the boy in the story, I can sometimes become enamored by the latest technology to pass by. It's an innocent feeling, understand, but it can be blinding. I just dive in and get involved. But is that wise. Am I ignoring my true love? I like to write; I like to read. And both activities have to do with the processing and interpretation of a language, one that I learned as a toddler and that was pushed at me all through school. I survived school to love language anyway. I do reject those that say that my teachers were right and I finally saw the light. But I credit Steinbeck, Baldwin, Joyce, and others for turning me onto language more than my teachers. So naturally I am frightened by what is becoming of that language. What language will today's students use and what view of language will today's student take away from school? Will I turn them onto James Baldwin? I doubt it. Will I try? I sure will. As humorous as the above story is, I wonder what our students will find after they leave? I found Steinbeck et al. Will our students find only emoticon? :-(
The paradoxical truth is that I have at the same time been a very creative person and one stuck in the safety of the familiar. I suppose that's true of most of us. Although my life as a teacher seems to be pretty standard, I find the excitement of being the student (or simply learning things) to give me so much of a rush. I love being a student and I hope that this comes across in my teaching of high school classes (English, Community-Based Learning) and my teaching of college classes (English, Education).
Teacher Harriton High School, Rosemont, PA Assignments: English; Community-Based Learning Coordinator; Senior Project Coordinator; Site Coordinator for Virtual High School; Technology Mentor
Delaware County Community College, Chester County Campus Assignments: English; Education
Education Providence College, B.A., English Rosemont College, M.Ed., Technology in Education Plymouth State University, Working toward M.Ed in Online Learning and Teaching