Author: @GwynethJones – The Daring Librarian
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An update from the Archives.
Ed Tech Relationship Anxiety
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with new Ed tech trends going on in the world. It’s exhausting and sometimes overwhelming. It’s OK to date new technology, you don’t have to marry it!
You don’t have to try to be the expert at everything. Sometimes, it’s not what you have, it’s the creativity of how you use it. It’s the innovation of teaching and not the tool. Tools come and go, it’s the daring spirit to try new things that pays in the long run. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, curate great resources rather than create new content. That will come later when you get inspired or are unable to find just the resources you want. Then please share shamelessly and help another educator who might need it. Platforms may change, but our daring innovated change agent spirit moves on.
Use resources like Common Sense Media, Twinkl, Google Edu, or Flocabulary to add to your teaching toolkit. Consider each new classroom tech innovation or tool as a first date – simply “pilot” and “beta test” by trying it out on a small scale. Then, when you find one you like, you can go steady. Date a while. See how it goes.
When you’re ready to commit, you’ll know it!
This is also the perfect time to relax, reset, reflect, and revise your career and classroom choices.
Check out this classic post: Time and Tide Reflection.
Hey my longtime readers, don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’ve left Murray Hill Middle School. After 30 years of teaching, I have now taken an early retirement to lend my expertise, Social Media following, and Ed Tech know-how as a Global Educational consultant and speaker. I’m looking for a challenging and FUN part time remote side hustle that will keep me energized and leverage my talents to help more people, educators, and kiddos! If you know of anything, or would like to talk to me, feel free to reach out at gwynethanne AT the Gmail Dot Com. Let’s see if we can make something daring and fun happen!
Finally, if you’re still stressed about the next school year — my best advice
Don’t stress, just can pick 1 thing! A week, a month, a school year….just 1 thing!
Once you do that one thing and feel good about it, add another. One at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself – that leads to crazy anxiety and burning out.
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