edu180atl alicia andreou 2.9.12
Some days you just never know what the day will hold. Two things are always certain; I learn something and seize the moments. Partly the unexpected nature of just what the day will hold and how it moves me forward as a human being, educator, and friend, is what makes each day so unique and memorable. Today it came from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
9:00am, 19 6th graders, 3 teachers, and me- an administrator on the “prowl” who likes to pop into classrooms and join in the learning. This morning I had a “heads up” about a Skype session and I could not miss it. Students are sprawled on the tech lab floor, a few are at tables backchanneling, and they take turns in the “hot seat “at the laptop to pose their questions about life in Saudi Arabia. What is happening? Students are actively engaged, enthralled, and in some cases amazed as the responses. I am too!
My learning keeps shifting and becoming reinvented with the tools, ideas, and opportunities that are literally at our fingertips now. While I did not know that ONLY Muslims are allowed in Mecca or the nuances and realities of life in Jeddah for foreigners, what struck me most was the connections that we can make around the world with such ease- and the richness it brings to our students. Learning has transformed to something that is real and alive.
My brain? Spinning with possibilities! My learning? Accelerated!
Alicia Andreou (@AliciaEDU) Passionate about inspiring learning. Loves adventure- hang gliding, scuba diving, and the great outdoors!