The prompt for this week’s EdublogsClub is to write about your office or classroom. As I am no longer a full time teacher, I don’t have a classroom. Instead I work wherever and whenever.
Since retiring at the end of 2011, I am now employed one day per week to teach blogging to interested teachers and students around Tasmania. I go to them; sometimes they come to me. I work in a classroom, a library, a computer lab or maybe at a coffee shop.
To do this I have to be organized. So I try to have everything written in blog posts on this, my work blog. If I am running a day training session or refresher course, one post will give the outline for the day including links. This means teachers of all levels can start where they want and progress as slowly or as quickly as they need. They can also get one to one help if they get stuck but they can also work together and help each other.
When working with students I generally go to their school and start off the blogs with them personally but for it to work well, they need a teacher who is also keen on blogging and allows them time in class to use them. Sometimes I work online with students through a Blackboard Collaborate room where they login via a link and they then can share their work with me even though I might be 300 kilometres away from their school.
If a teacher wants some one on one help I can meet at their house or a local coffee shop with wifi or I can use the Blackboard Collaborate room with them as well. More often though, they email me their problem and we sort it out that way as I am on my email at least 12 hours per day.