It’s a chasm between the happy people who can go offline, take a break from work, and the others, who live online, and hardly separate their lives from their careers. Those poor broken people, like me, who developed the online life alongside hightech and startupism.
A huge gap. One of the main differences is the instant ability to create a conversation. As an online person, I can always find online people to talk with and brainstorm with about professional items, revelations, findings, questions, apps and websites, tools and platforms. People who are online and share my passion will always be happy to share and receive. I go on Facebook or Twitter for most of these conversations. I get instant reactions or comments and this feedback is wonderful, as it demonstrates the value of the new shared information. One feels like a valuable part of society, an appreciated contributor to the community.
And then, there comes school. With your closest community of teachers. Your co-workers. You want to benefit this private, initial community, first of all, just to discover that – wow! Only in certain hours, please. Don’t share whatever you did or come across as soon as you discover it.
Really? What if I forget later?
I have to draw some conclusions. One is that a career in teaching is demanding enough, way beyond school hours, without me constantly looking for innovations, new solutions, optional pathways. It is so completely different than my previous career in startup: working 24/7. Damaging my sleep cycle. In a constant race to find the solutions or information as soon as possible. Right now! Yesterday!
The second conclusion goes to choosing the right platform for information sharing. Apparently, the teachers’ Whatsapp group is only for sharing jokes, birthday greetings and administrative news. No tools and ideas, please. Email is something most teachers would rather not see at all. There’s the internal school communications system, but archive, sorting, and search aren’t too efficient.
So, if it is not instructional meetings, it should be a dedicated web page.
So coming up next – this web page.
Until that is set, let’s try to make it through a Saturday without work.