Some call it the inflection point.
If you start drawing a straight line and suddenly some irritating fella pushes you, the line goes off tangent. That’s the inflection point. There the line could go upwards and above the original line, or down below the original line. That’s the inflection point, the critical crossroad where things rise to be awesome, or dive into oblivion.
To me, social media for a teacher where I’m from is more a bane than a boon. There simply has been too many tragic stories to recount of social media heralding the downfall of teachers here, kind of like the game Minesweeper – one just cautiously keeps clicking, posting, clicking, liking, and boom. You dead. And your ambitions and hopes and dreams as well – they’re gone too, just because of a comment too honest, or a picture too ‘wholesome’.
Therefore, I started my teaching calling 2 years ago with a fixed mindset towards social media: it’s for the frivolous and the frolicsome – adjectives you would use to describe a certain Canadian-born teen sensation (-al disaster), but not particularly apt for a teacher. Unless, well, the aforementioned decides a life-redeeming career switch. But if that happens we don’t have to grieve because that event might just herald the Second Coming.
As fate would have it, one event began to shape an alternative perspective on social media for me. I would be pushed to unlearn my mindsets on social media.
The Microsoft Global Educator Exchange (E2) 2015 saw 300 Educators from all around the world invited to gather at a smorgasbord of networking, collaboration and inspiration. Smorgasbords rock.
Rocked so hard that it compelled me to sign up for Twitter (Me from the Past: “Tweet? What? Pick up the phone for some real conversation, man.”), after I saw how teachers all around the world upgrade their competencies by following not so much other teachers, but the ideas that these amazing individuals advocated. Ideas latch on to ideas, this snowball then crosses paths with indomitable passion, is sprinkled generously with encouragement and love, and topped off finally, with a common goal to bring global education to greater heights…
I want in. In, to this world of possibilities for mastery. In, to this realm where ideas are not privatised, but proactively snowballed – a world where I just might be able to glimpse a field of education beyond the circumference of the view from the bottom of the well I’m sitting in right now.
Some call it the inflection point. And I choose to rise.