Every day I love technology more!! And here’s just one reason why…
I teach middle school students who don’t usually want to be caught dead talking to a teacher at school about important/serious things in life. But I’ve been online with two just now…one via Facebook and the other via Google Chat. One is a kid who is so smart but is on the verge of failing b/c he doesn’t “do” homework. And we’ve been able to have a serious “talk” about what that could mean for him and what he can/should/is doing about it. This is a conversation that would not take place in person without having to break through some well-built walls first…he’s too proud (and ashamed). But talking online is somehow different and I can get across to him the same stuff I would in person and have had success in getting him to take the conversation seriously.
The other kid just got done blowing me away with her personal theology about some in depth science concepts and basically put me in my place about how we view and question God. It has been a long and convoluted “conversation”, but again one that would have never taken place at school because, well…there’s just not the time, and again…talking to the old teacher lady doesn’t top the list while there are cute boys looking on in the halls…But this student finds me almost every night online and doesn’t stop “chatting” until time for bed. And something extra to love about that is that she’s an English Language Learner who doesn’t get to practice her English with anyone at home, but via our conversations, I see her English improving daily. Awesome!
It’s just made me want to say: Very cool. Very fulfilling. Very enlightening. Very important to their development…and mine!!!!