As strange as this may sound, education can be a pretty lonely, even isolated, profession. Despite the fact that teachers are surrounded by their students from 8:00-3:00 each day, their interactions with adults, particularly colleagues, can be perfunctory at best. Hurriedly passing in the hallway between classes hardly offers time for professional collaboration that educators who are charged with shaping the leaders of tomorrow truly deserve.
While we are preparing our students to live in the dynamic, shrinking world, we need to model for them how disciplines interconnect and how to communicate effectively with those whose focus is different from their own. We need to model collaboration and communication for our students so that they will feel comfortable doing the same thing.
What if there were a way to provide productive collaboration to busy teachers that produced the sort of innovation and excitement that characterizes great teaching? What if the ever-growing landscape of social media could serve as the arena in which educators could find transformative collaboration?
At PS, social media allows this collaboration. As we actively watch others implement new ideas, we are just as actively shaping our own as well. Far from isolated and lonely, don’t you think?
Our social media outlets (primarily Facebook, Twitter, Faculty blogs, and Pinterest) are fast becoming the places where we share ideas. For example, Academic Dean, Janet Fox, has taken to Twitter almost daily to tweet about free and interesting apps for our students' (or parents') iPad use. EC/LS Head, Christy Heno, tweets links to articles with helpful tips such as How to Help Your Child Build Fine Motor Skills. Go to our Pinterest pages to find a recommended book to read, interactive websites for students, or even recommendations on what to do in Houston with your kids. We're also using social media to broadcast (as loudly as possible!) all of our current and former students' achievements.
Without a doubt, these are all avenues by which we as educators can connect with one another, but they are also the vehicles by which we are increasingly communicating with parents and other constituencies as well. In the “incredibly shrinking world,” we need to find the most authentic and efficient ways to give and get information—not only professionally but personally as well.
It is with this additional connection to pertinent information in mind that I am pleased to announce that our newest tool for efficient communication with parents is available! Our Presbyterian School iPhone and iPad app is now available for download in the App Store.
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