Okay, I know I live in a different generation from many of the teachers that I coach (who are the ages of my grown children) and am far, far, far removed from the generation of my grandchild. That was never more apparent to me than last night as I am traveling around Los Angeles with the teachers that are with me at the conference (all my children’s ages). As we are going down a somewhat “seedy street” (my description, probably not theirs), the principal and a teacher recognized LA Ink which is a tattoo shop! I was a little appalled at the sight of all those tattooed leather-bound guys and gals but even more appalled to learn that my principal and good teacher pal wanted to get out, peek in and have their picture made! They actually watch the reality show that features this tattoo shop!
Why is this even important (except that it makes me feel so old!)? It is important because these next generation teachers and the children that I am teaching are living in a world that I know little about. They are growing up with technology that I am struggling to understand and use in my educational practice, but I am committed to learn how to incorporate it as a tool. This is a first step - maybe a baby step - but a first step none the less.