Everybody vs (but) (and) Nobody

Course 4 Week 1 Question:Whose job is it to teach the NETs standards to students and how do we ensure they are being met in an integrated model?

I believe that all teachers  should be teaching these standards; not just classroom teachers but specialist teachers too.   That would be the ideal situation;  every teacher caring about students’ social and emotional development, not just academics.  

Interestingly, however,  there is a potential downside to  everyone’s  involvement. If everyone is teaching the standards, it is possible that no one is taking ownership and following through.  We can easily hope that others are doing the job.  This happened to us at our school last fall.  

In late October  we realized that students in 3rd and 4th grades had not seen the AUA (Acceptable Use Agreement).  Classroom teachers thought the technology coach (new position this year) would take care of it, and the coach assumed the classroom teachers would handle it.  In the past, students were given AUAs in tech classes (no longer in existence since we moved to the coaching model) as soon as school started.   When we realized the situation, counselors introduced the AUAs in guidance classes.

It hasn’t been easy to figure out who is supposed to do what, when, and how with regard to integrating technology and meeting standards in our classrooms.  ASIJ does have a draft of Educational Technology Expectations, though at this point it remains undecided how this will be shared and used among the faculty.  As a faculty, we have never reviewed nor studied the NETs Standards for Students and Teachers.  Perhaps this is the first thing we ought to do.  Look over this material together, and then decide whose job it is to make sure this really happens?  Am I stepping on somebody’s toes if I try to push this?  Or should I wait, lose my patience, and get frustrated.

I want to move away from constantly asking “whose job is it?” with regard to technology.  This year, I have found like minded teachers who can move some things forward.  That alone was an accomplishment.  I hope the group keeps growing.  Certainly, the number of teachers taking COETAIL course at my school is growing.   Let’s approach this as a grassroots change.

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About Naho Kikuchi

Elementary school counselor at The American School in Japan. Living and working in West Tokyo since 1997. Forever trying to figure out how to balance work, family and time for myself.
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One Response to Everybody vs (but) (and) Nobody

  1. Fantastic point about how this can slip through the cracks when we think someone else has it covered. I think that can be lots of things, not just tech standards. Good luck leading the change!

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