“Digital Native.” This is a common term for the generation of students in your classrooms today and next fall. I heard a story recently regarding a young man (in his late teens) employed at a local car dealership. He was asked to move a car, but after a few minutes came back into the dealership confused and befuddled, as he couldn’t find the button to turn the car on. They had to show him how to use a key! Another story I recently heard was about how a teacher asked a fourth grader what time it was by looking at the clock on the wall (a clock with two hands and numbers). Sadly, he couldn’t answer because he was only used to digital clocks on phones. These are both examples of issues most adults do not face but that are becoming more commonplace among young students due to modernizations that have changed simple, daily functions.
Technology will continue to change at a rapid rate. Therefore, we as educators must reflect on whether or not we are both adapting and providing students the knowledge & tools they need (critical thinking, digital awareness, and basic foundations in both math and reading) to prepare for the challenges they’ll face in an ever-changing world. I challenge all educators, during these “lazy-days” of summer, to read at least one professional book to challenge your thinking and perhaps provide ideas for your instructional practices. Below are some recommendations that, while non-educational, can be applied to any setting.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
The school year is over, summer break has begun and teachers all over are getting a well-deserved break. I hope that you get the rest and relaxation you need to recharge your batteries! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in education, however, it’s that teachers don't really take summer off.
I know June can be crazy as you close out your year, but I hope you’ve found time here and there to relax and get some rest. We’ve got some great things happening here at the OPSRC, and we’re looking forward to working with you this next school year.