Lifelong Learning Isn’t Just for Learners

What was the last thing you learned, or allowed yourself to acknowledge learning? In the hustle and bustle of our lives as educators we tend to miss the lesson we ourselves need to attend to; practicing what we preach.

If I want the students and educators I work with to promote innovation and trying new things, then I feel it is imperative that I too model these behaviors. I have taken to a new hashtag to help me reflect on all things I learn for the day. I use #teacherlearner to share one thing I learn each day.

I feel it’s important that we learn from one another and our students. If we don’t slow ourselves down and allow time for reflection sometimes there valuable, inspiring, or interesting tidbits to be filed away for another day can sail right over our heads.

I am an aggressive lifelong learner. I am always seeking something new, so it is hard for me as a coach to hear tales of teachers saying, “If it isn’t broke, why fix it?”  My counter to this is are students today the same as students of yesterday, and if not how can the same lessons, pedagogy, and strategies work to best educate them? The plain answer is they can’t.

I know that new and different can be scary. I didn’t grow up with a computer, personal devices, or small group instruction. I began my teaching career when computers were just entering our district, I returned home nightly to combat the ever-present ink from being a lefty with an overhead, and I was scared to death of computers in my classroom. I used my personal computer to play solitaire and create worksheets.

I took some risks, I failed colossally and then got back up and tried again. I was determined to give my learners new and different learning experiences that engaged them in what they were doing. A few new projects, a new tech trick or two and the students’ responses and finished projects were all I needed to continue forging forward.

So my question to you is what did you learn today teachers? Feel free to comment on this blog and share your learning moment(s) of the day or tweet it out with #teacherlearner for all to see.


About bulldogtechteach

I am a technology integrator serving in a k-1 and a 2-5 elementary building. I firmly believe in the power of technology to engage students and allow them to create and master their learning.
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