Mark Barnes

Many Teachers Missing Opportunities to Connect

Posted in Impact on Education by Mark Barnes on March 5, 2010

An interesting post at Adventures in Teaching and Learning outlines “points of disconnect” between teaching “effective teaching.” Basically, the post contends that there are things that keep some teachers from being effective — some of which are personal.

Adding my two cents

The blog post covers five areas of disconnect, but I’d like to add a sixth — unwillingness to improve technology literacy.

Even as technology advances explode in this new millennium, I still see teachers and administrators who are unwilling to accept this explosion and refuse to embrace the kinds of web-based instruction that students desire.

This sort of disconnect has got to stop, and it’s up to all parties involved — government, administrators, teachers and parents — to make it happen.


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  1. Nancy Stuewe said, on March 5, 2010 at 10:07

    Yes maybe but can teacher give students what they don’t have? Do school systems give teachers chances to learn how to connect when social networking is blocked from most schools.

  2. mrkeenan said, on March 5, 2010 at 10:07

    Thanks for the response to my post Mark. I agree, the unwillingness (or inability, though that’s not much of an excuse anymore) of some teachers to move forward with technology and effective web tools really does limit their ability to connect learning to students at times. Nancy makes a good point above, although social networking is several steps past the initial movement that many teachers are still resisting. We need those first steps in many cases to get the ball rolling.

  3. Mark Barnes said, on March 6, 2010 at 10:07

    Teachers do need to haul the mail, at least at first. Not to mix metaphors, but I always tell educators who take my online courses that they have to be the squeaky wheel.

    If we continue to make noise with administrators, clarifying how useful these tools are, I believe they’ll begin to open up. It took nearly the entire school year, but I recently got administration to unblock, so I could share useful bookmarks with my students.

    Frustrating, but it’s worth it in the long run.

    Thanks for commenting.

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