A Short Conversation with… Peter Vogel
I recently discovered a website named Teachmeet New Jersey: Fresh Ideas for Education. The site introduces educators to its readers by conducting short interviews. I really like that idea so I asked a few people from my PLN to answer a few questions about education. Hopefully, we will get to know them better.
How long have you been teaching?
Has your educational philosophy changed since you began teaching?
I’m not sure it has. I’ve always seen basic promise in every student. I do see many more demands on students’ time today and that inevitably is driving change in the nature and volume of at-home work.
If so, what led to this change? Was it a gradual process or a specific event?
Any change for me has been gradual, with the exception of my work with Twitter. I started on a summer day and never looked back. Although I am already passionate about the subjects I teach, the Twitter experience brought me passion for education as a whole.
Has Twitter played a role in your evolution as a teacher? If so, how?
Yes, I am much more passionate now about the “how” of teaching and also find I am fascinated by the innovation I see from teachers at the elementary level, as expressed in their tweets. Even though I teach at the grade 11/12 level it is the elementary-level followers in my PLN who are consistently interesting and supportive. However, I’m beginning to wonder if the online PLN is beginning to fizzle. In my own case I find that fewer and fewer question-containing tweets are being answered. Many times I wonder if my tweets are simply vanishing into the ether, having lived only briefly on my screen.