I want to feel included like I’m making significant contributions to your team’s goals and vision. Some might say I need constant approval. I’d say that’s a little harsh (and a little true). As a member of a team, it’s important for me to know what’s going on and know I can depend on you for feedback to help me grow. Positive. Negative. Neutral. If I’m working for you or with you, I need your feedback about my work. Don’t leave me hanging otherwise I’ll burden myself with paranoia. Saying nothing is worse than saying, “This is crap. Get it out of my face.” An email, direct/private message, or even a text will do.
Especially when it comes to the classroom, I think a certain amount of risk is essential to find those break-through, light-bulb moments. Educators take risks when choosing a delivery method, text, or instructional strategy. And they need to experiment daily. Experimenting is more fun and more professional too! Following a textbook’s step-by-step breakdown doesn’t allow me to embrace all that fancy knowledge gained from my education course work in curriculum design. So please don’t subject me to a script. I’m way too jazz and not a marching band-type.
I prefer to use tech that works for me; not tech that requires me to do extra work. There is a lot of tech geared toward education, and a lot of it is poorly executed, rarely updated, and slow. I’ll stick to the apps and devices that consistently work – Google Apps, Evernote, YouTube, WordPress – and save myself the frustration of tinkering to get the trendy tech to work half as seamless as my favorite apps. Time spent trying to get some “safe” alternative to YouTube to work half as well as YouTube is counter-productive and usually not nearly as dependable. Yeah, Moodle 2.0 is great, but I’ll always choose WordPress over it and get more done with less frustration.