When Educators Reflect as Parents…

As a principal, one of my favorite things to do is listen to success stories shared by the teachers. As a father, one of my favorite things to do is listen to success stories shared by other parents. When the two worlds collide, the moment is even more special.

One of our brilliant educators recently shared the following (names have been changed):

Last night, Tommy was excited to share something with me.  He began to explain how he recognized that his weakness is forgetting to write things in his agenda and acknowledged that he needs to be better organized. GASP!  Is he growing up?  The story continues…he pulled out his i-pod and showed me how, with the approval of his teachers, he is using his i-pod to either record his homework, or create a list of required materials and assignments that he needs to remember.  Now, we are only a few days into the “new system” but it seems to be working.  Eric and I could not be happier.  I had no idea that the i-pod could offer that to him and he figured it out on his own.
I’d like to assume to following: 
1. This generation is way more technologically savvy than we sometimes realize.
2. By providing the proper tools, this generation is capable of overcoming obstacles in
ways we sometimes don’t even consider.
3. Sometimes when we give a little, much is gained.

Hmm…”Sometimes when we give a little, much is gained.”

Enough said.


  1. Kim said:

    i have started using remind101.com with my classes. I can send a text to their phones with homework , reminders, etc. I do not know their cell numbers, they do not know mine. It is all done on line, and so far the kids love it, more homework is turned in, and the kids think I am cool to use texting. If they only knew how easy it is to type it and not text it on my phone ! Just another way to connect with this tech savy generation.

    February 14, 2012
    • Scott Shaw said:

      Thanks for the resource, Kim! I plan on sharing 101.com with our staff.

      February 14, 2012
  2. Stacey Enty said:

    You are absolutely correct. Today’s generation of children is much different than our generation. In the area of technology, today’s children are known as “immigrants”, actually born in the generation of technology. In order for educators to capitalize on their knowledge and skills in technology, educators will have to learn to embrace technology and use it in a manner that allows students to emabrace learning.

    June 8, 2012
  3. W. Frazier said:

    As schools come to embrace the use of technology more fully, then perhaps the idea that “Every child can be successful,” can become much more meaningful. 21st century students are way more savvy technologically than many of us realize. We have to think in terms of the concept behind “Give them a fish, versus teaching them to fish.” Changing “mindsets” will allow opportunities to tap and/or unlock full potential. Imagine that-students actually use the ipod for something other than entertainment. I bet even more would if we showed them how…oh and allowed them in schools.

    June 9, 2012

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