Using Technology as a Gateway to Networking (Finding Connections)

Building relationships and surrounding yourself around others with a unique vision, variety of ideas can only help you as an individual to establish connections through all walks of life.

As a true advocate of networking, the major source in today’s world is technology and the web. However, as I conducted my search for a resourceful blog or forums on physical education, teaching or both for that matter, I realized that it only reconfirmed what Professor Smith mentioned in class of it not being a walk in the park.

As I searched through various sites, there were very few that could be used as a valuable resource or networking tool to say the least.

In the process of searching, I did attempt avoiding the larger organizations to see if was able to find a forum a physical educators sharing ideas, thoughts and information of where physical education is today.

As I continue my search for an alternative source, I have chosen the website for the National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE).

On their site they have a page dedicated as an open forum known as NASPE Talk (http://naspetalk.com/).

There are many advantages in the amount of information posted/shared as well as the professionals one can interact with, however, there is certainly one huge disadvantage. As Professor Smith’s said in class it’s important and resourceful to find sites with “bread crumb trail to follow”.

There is an immense amount of information, but one is limited to and pigeon holed to communicate no further than this site.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgltL80_9RU&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLCE6C95CC875F0C89[/youtube]

The video above focuses on the reality of the generation of kids in school today. It solidifies the need of physical education. Schools are not only limiting students activities but in some cases are even limiting the space which was once designated for physical education classes. Will this change? Will the over crowding issues in city schools ever be addressed? These are questions that will remain for quite some time. Hopefully sooner than later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Educator In the Making: Mastering Learning in Order to Teach

During our discussion in class today about discovering an entrance point of networking through social networks and blogs that can benefit me as a future educator, I begin brainstorming and researching. I chose to utilize Twitter and I came across many educators that were tweeting about different topics within Education. The one tweet that I came across was from @Educationweek, with a link to a blog titled “The Problem with Lesson Plans” by Nancy Flanagan. I found this blog to be very interesting as well as the comments. Nancy gave a better insight on what to look forward to when it comes to preparing lesson plans, she even stated that they are not “one size fit all”. Creating effective lesson plans takes thought, creativity, time, effort and initiative. Another tip that I plan to take from the blog is that Nancy suggest collaborating with skilled colleagues who serve the same kids and share methods that worked for them with the students.

As an future Educator I feel that its important to make connections and to network with others while on the path to my career. I also know that even while already in the midst of it I can never have too much knowledge and I feel that in any field whether Teaching or Accounting, people can always perfect and enhance on any skill. One of the things that always intrigued me since I’ve decided to become a teacher is, “How do teachers know what to teach on a daily basis?” For instance, “Do they read from a mastery handbook of lesson plans?” I never knew that they was required to prepare lesson plans from week to week or even day to day to guide them and help them deliver the material to the students in a way they feel is most efficient and effective. I discovered this once a few of my peers, whom are teachers,  told me they spent their lunch breaks or Sunday evenings preparing for the week ahead. Nancy in her blog clarified that teachers can not standardize lesson plans just as they are doing with everything else pertaining to school. Reading this blog it was refreshing because the comments were just as enlightening and gave me a heads up as what to look forward to once in my own school and classroom.

 
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