Globally connected… Personally disconnected?

Connecting globally can give you some disconnection too!

Now that my students are so connected globally – literally EVERY class has them collaborating with other kids on a daily basis — I spend so much time being the architect for their connections that my connections have somewhat frayed at the edges!

Is this how it will look in the future? The teacher is busy building the framework for things and has to struggle to stay connected themselves?

It isn't about a huge stack of papers any more but a chock full RSS reader with student assignments and a full email of items to do. Timebridge reminders and Google calendars, wikis to update, and websites to create.

Between this and my new passion for making this body last a while longer (I LOVE RUNNING – anyone on Twitter has heard by now, probably) and handling my three children's schedules it is quite hard to spend time here talking to you.  I wish, by goodness, that I had time to do a weekly podcast or something to connect with you all, but this seems to be my time right now.

Just want to reflect that if this is about the students that this is OK.  I may not be at the top of everyone's RSS reader with my twice daily posts any more but if there are over 500 students each quarter connecting in these projects now, that is something.

It is OK to feel personally disconnected sometimes, particularly when that means you are creating rich, vibrant, deep learning experiences for students around the world.

Just keep perspective and don't beat yourself up too much about how often you've blogged or tweeted.  If you've got something to share, share it any way you can with the time you have and just don't sweat it.  (And if you're wondering, you just got to hear what I'm saying to myself today!)

Have a great day and remember that teaching is a noble calling! Keep the faith! 

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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SDintact December 5, 2009 - 1:24 am

Wow. Very nice post. Well done to you….

Spletne Strani December 5, 2009 - 10:19 am

Interesting reading, but can’t imagine having 3 kids and do all that. We’re having one and i barely read a post or two.

nassy December 17, 2009 - 9:09 am

Nice post, well done !

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