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Passion for what I do!

I raised $5,000 to shave my head and get a henna tatoo

I raised $5,000 to shave my head and get a henna tatoo for SWINE Week in spring 2013

I teach.  Love teaching!  Cannot imagine not doing this!!!  It is with passion and enthusiasm that I say hello to my kids everyday.  It is my desire for them to achieve at the highest level that I work almost non-stop for them.  I am always on the lookout to make my classroom the best that it can possibly be.  I look for things to change, tweak, move, adopt, undo, redo, undo again, keep the same, fix, correct and make better through constant improvement and thought and reflection about what I do.  I love getting to see the kids everyday and asking them how things are going.  I love seeing them achieve excellence in the arts, drama, music and athletics.  I love to see how my school comes together for a common cause in the fundraising week known as SWINE Week (we have raised over $1.5 over the past three years for charities).  I love how the kids are proud to be Bulldogs and support each other.  I love watching the kids interact in the hallways.  I love high fives during passing period.  I enjoy seeing when a student “really” gets it.  I love hearing when the kids get a drivers license.  I love teaching.  I bring passion and enthusiasm to the classroom and my kids know it.  I bring a desire for them to be the best they can be (and we often butt heads here…).

I told my kids last week, that if I were to win Mega-Millions, I would still teach!  However, my car would be a lot nicer!!  I can’t imagine not pouring into the next generation, supporting them with positive feedback, and encouraging through difficult times.  I couldn’t imagine not helping these kids to set high goals and dreams and not watch them reach.  I know that it would be really difficult for me to earn tons of bucks doing what I do, but the opportunity to touch a life (or 130 lives) everyday is worth more than those millions.  I make a positive impact in ways that I will never know and am happy to do so.

Why do I teach?  To make a difference!  And I do it everyday!


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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