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We’re not ostriches

Actually, that’s a myth: ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand! When an ostrich senses danger and cannot run away, it flops to the ground and remains still, with its head and neck flat on the ground in front of it.

The ostrich, the largest and heaviest bird, are powerful creatures and yet when they sense danger, they hit the deck and try to blend in with their surroundings.

Is that we are doing as teachers?

Have we hit the deck looking to blend in with all of the other teachers so that our jobs aren’t threatened?

Are we teaching our students to do the same?

I was in a teaching class this summer through SWP talking about technology integration. Most of the teachers in the room, responded by saying:

Sounds great, but there’s no way that my principal would let us do that. He would fire me if my class were on Twitter.

So hit the deck and tremble in fear about what could happen.

Is that really the best response that we’ve thought up?

We’re not ostriches, so let’s not act like them.