As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect. The truth is when I first started blogging (sharing thoughts), it was simply a mechanism to get my thoughts out. I always write. So I thought why not share through a website. But there was also another reason for writing. During my practicum placements within the High School setting, I observed that teachers were often reluctant to share. There was a sense of "I don't want to share my ideas because I want the best ideas". On the flip side there were teachers who were more than willing to share. I thought about my experiences and realized that there was an invisible sense of power at play. Maybe it was because I was a teacher candidate? I think that in this type of scenario where there are teachers and teacher candidates within a school, teachers who are working for a school board must recognize teacher candidates as co-workers, and partners in learning. Teacher candidates are putting in the same hours, and efforts to support students in learning.
This is why I started my first blog, to share my learning and ideas. A resource based web - site. I later created Our Community Of Learning as well. This website was created for the students. They would have access to the work, information, and learning materials. It also served as a purpose for showcasing student work. I did not have a set classroom, this was a an avenue to display work. Students enjoyed seeing their work on the website.
As I continue to progress through my studies and journey of life learning. I think about my on - line presence. Many educators use this space as a tool for net - working and fostering global connections. Often educators are working beyond hours that they should to find new idea, or improve classroom learning, as well as sharing their own ideas. Although I did try Educator chats when I first started on twitter, I found that my brain had more ideas than it could handle. I was going through brain overload. So I decided to keep within the quiet space of listening, writing to share and learn.
On a deeper level I think that knowledge of the Social Sciences is very powerful. Extremely. I have always equated this knowledge to that of the sacred texts. It is to be treated with respect, and also shared in a way that is beneficial and positive. The human mind / brain is powerful. What we put in, is what we get out. The information we take in, shapes thoughts. What we potentially communicate via an on - line platform can be mis - communicated and send opposing messages. Communication is not happening at a holistic level, because there is no face to face engagement. Although web connections can become face to face connections as well.
At a much more deeper level, the discussion of knowledge of the mind / brain there is more to consider. As scientists begin to learn more about the brain, how it learns and progresses etc. There is the issue of ethics, and morality with the use of how knowledge is used and communicated. Knowledge should be handled in a way that is ethical and used safely.
As educators, students, learners, or any individual who possesses the knowledge of the social sciences, we have to recognize that this knowledge becomes our tool. We must use this to further progressions. However, we have to always carry out endeavors that feel safe, where learning environments are healthy, for teaching and learning. These thoughts could be applied to any organizational culture.
Dedication: The words of this being are dedicated to all beings. Sometimes miscommunication happens, mistakes happen. It just simply shows we are human, Living and learning. Everyone matters. My thoughts to share, with love and kindness. :)
Notes: Originally hand written on August 22nd 2016.
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Our thoughts, to invite and inspire. With Love & kindness. :)