Slice of Life: Pros and Cons
Leave it to Franki Sibberson to create a logo of a quote you said and text it to you while you are still presenting …. talk about intimidating. My first response was, “Did I really say that?” Quickly followed by, “Please don’t tweet that!”
I didn’t want my words to be taken out of context or misinterpreted in a judgmental way. I am on Pinterest. I create Pinterest boards. Who am I to judge? I worry that it, and many other virtual resources, have become more than a tool at times. While we think it may be helpful it can actually become overwhelming. There are pros and cons.
I think it is a great resource.
I think it is important to use as a tool to get ideas and inspire.
I think it is a great way to collaborate and share.
I think you can lose hours thinking you are planning.
I think you walk away with too much and still not have enough.
I think you can miss the purpose and meaning in someone else’s chart.
I think it is helps us organize.
I think it shows us how to model thinking for children.
I think it has great examples of charts to scaffold students.
I think it can clutter our classroom walls.
I think it can cause lack of instructional cohesion in a school.
I think it can confuse children when we have too many ways.
I think it can make us feel confident.
I think it can convince us there is a quick fix.
I think it can make teaching look clean and perfect.
I think it ultimately causes us to question and doubt.
I think it convinces us to look outside rather than within.
I think it can remove children from the process.
Am I going to stop using Pinterest? No. But I am thinking about HOW I use it!
- Time Limit – give yourself 10-20 minutes tops. Anything more than that will most likely distract you from what you are doing or leave you overwhelmed.
- Mentor Text – use what you see as a mentor. Study it, reflect on it and then create your own! It will always be more meaningful when you create your own version.
- Construct It – make anchor charts with students. When we include our students in the process of making the tools, they will understand their purpose and how to use them more effectively.
How are you using virtual resources? What do you think about the pros and cons of so many resources readily available at all times?
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