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I believe teaching has changed in many essential ways. At no time has access to information been so prevalent, instant, and complete. Students are connecting not only to facts, but to each other in ways many never envisioned. This information is being created and organized by experts and peers alike, giving rise to interactive community forums. These entities are not just toys, they are changing the way we all learn, organize information and communicate with one another.
Changes like these have tremendous implications for the classroom. Learning now involves the ability to make meaning of this information for social, political, moral, and educational development. Perhaps most importantly, students must also learn to evaluate information for context, truthfulness, and merit. Skills such as critical thinking, communication, and literacy are essential for success in this changing environment, and should be essential in any classroom. As a consequence, my expectations for student work not only involve higher-order thought, but professionalism and creativity with regard to content, form, relevance, and medium.
I am looking forward to a productive, fun, and fulfilling year. If you have any questions as the year progresses, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.