Sometimes I feel like I live two lives when it comes to my world as a teacher in my building amongst my staff and in my digital community as an educator who loves to learn, share, and be among people who understand. With that disclaimer, I must confess that I’m finding it very hard to openly invite people from my building to EdcampOmaha in March because while I want my staff to see what intrigues me and draws me to my digital community, I’m not quite sure if I’m ready for these two worlds to mix.
I’m a regular 2nd grade teacher in my building. I’m not a 1:1 teacher like I’d love to be, nor am I the technology magnet teacher. I’m just an avid user of tech and know that it’s crucial for my students to learn how to use tech and also imperative for their learning to take place because of how this generation learns. Therefore, I’m not necessarily the person who gets asked how to do something or even what I do with tech in my class because I don’t have the credentials. In reality, if my staff knew the amount of time that I spend teaching myself these things, learning the newest technologies, and consuming information, they might start to understand my passion and begin asking me the questions.
So now that you have more background knowledge, you may understand my dilemma a bit more. I want to expose my staff to my digital community, introduce them to amazing educators that I know, inform them of new technologies they’ve never heard of, and get them genuinely excited about the possibilities of what they can do in their classrooms. I just can’t shake the feeling that mixing my two worlds just won’t turn out the way I expect, they won’t see the ‘big deal’, or worse yet, they get completely turned off.
As of now, I have put the invitation out there to two specific people and they agreed to come. I’ve also shared the information about EdcampOmaha with my assistant principal who said she will forward the email to the entire staff. I’m putting it out there and willing to share, but still fear the letdown when my two worlds collide.