Sometimes I get tired of trying to convince teachers to use technology in their classroom. They look at me like I’m an alien when I talk about things like iPads, Macbooks, Chromebooks, programming, etc. Their eyes glaze over when I talk about the great Twitter chat I had last night on 1:1 or the latest apps for their iPad. Some are even suspicious of my intentions and regard my advice as some new “trend” that has nothing to do with authentic learning.
I know they are not reading the articles I send over to them about what other schools are doing to improve achievement and engagement. The after school professional development sessions are scarcely attended, they are not required to attend, why bother?
Great question. Why bother?
I bother because teachers bother. Everything I just described is what a teacher endures every day in their classroom. Students look at them like they are aliens when they attempt to teach them the very basics they need to be successful in their lives. Year after year they have students that sit, eyes glazed over, listening to little or nothing that is being taught. They are called creepy or worse by the students and regarded with disdain and distrust daily despite giving their heart and soul to their students.
Even worse, the parents are not reading the progress reports and report cards that are being sent home. Despite taking time after school to write emails detailing the work ahead for the week, these emails go unread and disregarded. They don’t get paid extra to stay after and work with students that need extra help but they still do. Unfortunately, too many students ignore this help because it isn’t required. Why bother?
We all bother because what we do is important. Not everyone can say that about their work and we, educators and those who support them, take pride in what we do. It isn’t always going to feel good and we are not always going to be appreciated but the world is a better place because of the work we do.