Just over one year ago, an assistant principal (Yousef Fouda) invited me to his office. As a perceived early adopter, he wanted to share the world of Google with me. I didn’t want it to be shared. It felt like it was to become something on my already bulging to do list. I couldn’t see how I would use it and I certainly didn’t have time to be learning something new unless I was certain it would have a hugely positive impact on students’ learning.
My hope is that this year, these online aspects to my course will continue to mean that learning can take place whenever a student feels ready for it and not just in their timetabled session. After all, how many of us learn when forced to? I know I don’t. My learning takes place after the pace of my day has slowed, there is peace in my brain and I can enter the world of teaching blogs, self reflection and Twitter. My students will enter the world of Google when they’re ready for it; I just hope they cotton onto its goodness far quicker than I did! I promise it’s not a cult, honestly. It’s just a way of working that is better than any I’ve known before. Too dramatic? Why not try it for yourself!