Professionalism

In a day and age where bashing teachers and education seems to be common sport, it’s nice to see that educators are holding up and doing their very best to stay on top of their profession.

It’s easy to take shots; after all, teachers get two months off to golf in the summer time, right?  Such a wide sweeping generalization is really hurtful and not reflective of reality.

In reality, the learning and growth of individuals continues.

This past week, for example, I co-lead a professional development event hosted by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation for a group of Ontario educators.  For three days, we worked closely investigating the creation and use of Wikis and many other Web 2.0 applications for classroom use, K-12.


Camp OTF Wiki at McMaster University

As facilitators, we had a script that was modified and customized on the fly to meet the environmental and educational needs of the group.

Even here, at the end of the day, wouldn’t you think it would be time for a round of golf or some other summer activity?  Not for this group – the learning continued into the evening and the wee hours of the morning for some, including the facilitators.

So, hats off to this group for their devotion to learning and to the millions of teachers that will do similar things in big group format or individually as they retool for another school year in the fall.

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