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Model Schools Day 1

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So…Its really late…But we had to celebrate the appointment of my new principal who is on the trip with us!!!  Pretty excited to see what the future holds at Memorial High School with Mr. Coffelt in charge!

Back to the Model Schools Conference – what a great day! We started off learning about Smarter Balance/PAARC and how they are the same and different.  As a math teacher, I have become more familiar with the math side of things.  But today seeing the whole picture was very interesting.  Lots of interesting ideas about how to change me questions to help the students reach a deeper understanding;

Next up was Ray McNulty talking about the new normal.  This was a really challenging session for me to attend. It makes me want to work even harder to be even better!  It also was encouraging to hear someone tell me to try new stuff and see if it works! I am always on the lookout for something different.  I subscribe to the notion that if you are not changing, then you are standing still.

Next up was a session on flipping the classroom, I do this already, but it was great to hear someone else talk about all of the positive benefits.  I was sitting with one of our younger scie!nce teachers and had a great conversation about it – she will be trying this out next year

Finished the day with a session on writing, and although writing is not my strongest skill, I “waved my pen in the air” and my “writing was on fire!”  I did get some really good ideas about how to incorporate some peer editing into my classroom:  have three students share problems that they could not complete, seek peer review, then present to the class for check on how they did.  It was kinda fun!

We finished the night with a ballgame to watch the Nationals and to celebrate!  Day 1 is in the books and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will be like…in just a few short hours…


About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


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