Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Flow of our lives…

The Flow from Journeys by Diane - a retired (just this year!) librarian makes each one of us think about what we are doing, how we are living, and how our teaching is changing.

Photo from Marie Coleman, whose photograph and comments suggested the topic of the Journeys posting.
Diane from Journeys says
To "go with the flow" is generally understood to mean moving in concert with prevailing trends.
How many of us as teachers or education professionals are “going with the flow,” especially in regards to technology and digital pedagogy?
Are we really in favor of technology and digital pedagogy or just following the crowd?
Do we truly believe these tools will increase students’ understanding and abilities?
Or are some of us ignoring these newer strategies and just going with the Old Flow of our teaching profession.  Some of us will soon be retiring; so why bother with changing the flow and learning new techniques and strategies?
We need to take time out of our busy lives to think a little about this.
Are we just going with the flow?
Should we stand up and make a ripple?
Diane remembers how
Senator Robert F. Kennedy described a powerful yet positive current in a speech at the Day of Affirmation, University of Capetown, South Africa:
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation...
It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man (or a woman) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he (or she) sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Diane says..
The flow can be a positive or a negative. How we deal with life's currents is, fundamentally, a very personal decision.
Diane ends her blog post with this quote that reminds us all
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Are you “just going with the flow” or “making ripples?”
Tell me what you are doing?
[As always, in my author quotes, the underlines, color changes, and bold type is mine, not the author’s!]

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