To know me, you must understand that I worked in the private sector for years before entering the teaching profession (community news desk jockey and writer for the Waterbury Republican-American). So, I find bits of humor, such as this Office Space (1999) classic, add levity to situations I encounter in education.
Now, for the tie-in.
Continuing with my #ed584 grad class series of questions, I elected to blog about a mildly dubious one, often asked of myself and my media specialist colleagues when interacting with the general public: "What do you teach?"
At a basic level, I teach information literacy skills to high school students and provide professional development and support to my fellow faculty members. These teachings generally include anything from the research process and digital citizenship to the use of instructional technology (think web-based tools, apps, software and hardware). Some readers can probably identify and think to themselves, "Yes, I teach 'math,' 'English,' 'science,' 'social studies,' 'music,' or, if you're an elementary teacher, 'EVERYTHING!'" (Bless your hearts for that).
But it's not that simple, now is it?
There are always deeper, overarching, idealistic and sometimes grandiose (re: delusional) ideas of "what we teach" our students. At the end of the day, I hope I've taught my kids to be confident thinkers and doers. I try to teach them independence, problem-solving, resilience, integrity, civics, respect and responsibility. I guess that's too tough to wrap our heads around and tie up in a package to present as "what we teach," though.
How about you; what do you teach?