Reflecting on My Role(s) as an Instructor

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I wasn’t able to attend the session presented by Stephen Downes and hosted by Dave Cormier on Nov. 8th, but watched the recorded session today. I must say that since watching Stephen’s presentation I have done a significant amount of thinking about my current roles and the roles I have played as an educator.  I found myself in an almost constant state of reflection as I watched the session. I appreciated how each slide of Stephen’s presentation challenged the class to respond and that the majority of discussion centered around comments from the class.  At the start of the presentation, Stephen said that “to learn is to become something you weren’t before” and after this session I can say that this is true. Before today, I was able to recognize that I had some knowledge about the roles Stephen discussed. In spite of my prior knowledge of these roles, I “learned” or at least started to have a deeper understanding of my place in each. More specifically as an educator working in a networked world.

Before I share some of my thoughts on this session, I’ll share this link that provides some basic information about networked learning. I found this information to be useful as I work my way through the many web tools we can use to connect and learn.

What roles have I played? As a teacher and administrator, I think that in some way or another I have experienced the roles Stephen described in the session. The comments and feedback from the class provided me with some new perspectives, ideas and knowledge that I didn’t have before today. I enjoyed the participatory nature of the session and the metacognitive effect that the information had on me. I have always wanted to use the word “metacognition” in a space such as this blog. 🙂

What roles suit me? As I look at the list of 23 roles that were presented, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to be all things to the students, families and staff that I serve. Impossible? No. Challenging? Very much so! In my opinion, I can look at the roles Stephen presented as well as other roles (i.e.) the cheerleader mentioned in the chat room, and do my best to identify the areas I am proficient in. With that knowledge I am better equipped to work with and identify the strengths of my team who can in turn work  collaboratively toward the fulfillment of the many roles required of our profession.

At the end of the session I appreciated the chat room discussion regarding the realistic (or unrealistic) expectations of educators and the many roles we are expected to fill. Where is the balance and how long can we meet the many demands of these ever increasing roles? How can our current education system support these roles if they are to indeed become more specialized as Stephen suggests?

I am educator in a networked world. My role has changed and will continue to do so. How will we adapt so that we can facilitate student learning in world 2.0? As usual with this course, an extremely thought provoking session.

Have a great week!  To all of you working on report cards, good luck!

  1. I was thinking of these 23 possible roles (and many others that have shown in up in #eci831 blogs) and was thinking about how little these are understood in any preservice teaching program. We prescribe rather specific roles to teachers, and really don’t allow for some of these flexibilities – what I think are the true realities of being a teacher (as you know).

    This has to change. I think we have to facilitate more of these possibilities early in the career of teachers.

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