Been intrigued by the backdoor conversation going on over at that dy/dan joint. Meyer sparked it via a recent discussion re: kids having access to his cell phone # and the positive evolution of the text messages he's been receiving as of late.
Here's what crossed my mind as I read his post and followed the conversational thread in his comment funnel:
As tempted as I am to leap into the r/w web debate or the "wow, my kids texted me" wunderlust trend here, I can't help but believe that all that Dan is speaking about hinges on a (re)formation of the "culture" of schooling.
At the scale of one teacher
-- i.e. Dan's choice at the beginning of the year to define a relationship with his students that allow for kids to shift from pseudo low-level prank messages to a genuine desire to have Q's from class answered on the fly via their 'cellie' --
or at the scale of an entire school model
-- i.e. independent schools have historically allowed their students/families to have access to their teacher's home telephone #'s with an extra caveat that they be used appropriately from Sept-summer --
this is a 'culture design' issue.
As Dan's post reminds me, our ability to teach(and lead schools) in meaningful/engaging ways in the decades to come does not hinge inherently on 'expertise' or 'technology'. Both good stuff, to be sure. But ultimately, they are merely tools.
Culture (based on respect and legit relationships), on the other hand, gives us a fighting shot of remaining relevant. And doing the right thing on behalf of our kids and communities in the process.