You can’t be my teacher.

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Darren Cannell made this video using his son. I have read some reviews which are mixed in that some love this and some hate it. Personally I loved the raw energy and the style of the video. I feel that it manages to express the fact that this child will be growing up in a different world from many of his potential teachers. He asks them if they know about the world that he is growing up in… he is, as he says “a digital native”.
At the end I found myself stirred by the powerful way he says “that’s your job”… because… he’s right. I am a teacher who is maybe going towards the end of my career but I am aware that we have a responsibility to our students…we are preparing them for their future and they will not thank us if we do not let them use the technology that is available now and will be in the future.
The chants of “you can’t be my teacher” are not what I’d like to hear… as someone who’s been there a long time it’s the “thanks for what you’ve done for me” that count when you look back on it all.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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1 Response to You can’t be my teacher.

  1. Thanks for the posting, I also have found the comments about the video interesting because of how they are polarized. My son being only six does not really believe what he said. He loves technology but also loves school and very little technology is used in his classroom. But it is my belief that in the future more and more of our students will approach school with the feeling that schools should not be islands different than the world in which they live. To train them for jobs that do not even exist yet is a challenge to our profession, and many would say we are not even preparing them for what already exists.

    Anyways a long winded thank you for the post.


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