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A week in the life of an educator: Monday

*Warning – this will be a long post and is not for the feint of heart.  But for those of you who are not teachers – read it at your own risk.  This is the true story about one week in the life of a teacher, just the teacher part…

**It got too long to be read by the non-teacher, so this week will be broken down by day and on Saturday, the entire thing will be up…please forgive any typos its done on the fly…

***I teach PreAP Precalculus, Calculus, and coach women’s soccer. I am married to an awesome wife and we have three children ages 10, 7, and 5. AND I LOVE WHAT I DO!!

5:00 AM I am already awake with ideas to try or create or talk about. I am in the building as close to 6:00 AM as possible. I get more work done when nobody else is in the building. I double check our presentations for errors and make some last minute edits. I want everything to be perfect so it takes a lot longer than I was ready for. So long I was late to our department meeting…
8:00 AM our school wide PD kicks off with a math department meeting.  I love the folks I work with.  Although we don’t all agree on every issue, we do agree on trying to do the best thing for the students! We found out that once again our SDE has released incorrect test blueprint information. If we are going to prepare our kids for the tests you make us give them – LET US KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO TEACH!!! It is also a good idea to have all of the programs the kids need to use on the test ready for us to practice on BEFORE we have to take the tests. Not ready for practice one month before the testing window opens…
9:00 AM Department meeting is over and Kristina and I record some lessons for PreAp Precalculus. We have to kind of quick because we are presenting how our Flipclass Model is used in our classes. We need to be done by 9:45 and just make it…
9:45-11:00 AM Confessions of a Classroom Flipper! Great session with 20-ish Middle School teachers! Lots of great back and forth dialogue about flipclass, what it is and how it works. Kristina and I had a ton of fun sharing!
11:00-12:00 Noon we have a working lunch to make sure our afternoon session is ready to roll.
12:00-1:00 PM All faculty meeting, topics include being aware of diabetes, and different symptoms to be aware of. Next was an update of cool new Media Center goodies. Next up was TLE our new evaluation instrument. But as with several other items coming from SDE, it changes all the time…PLEASE FIGURE OUT HOW YOU WILL EVALUATE ME, THEN DONT CHANGE IT!
1:00-2:30 PM Kristina and I lead our staff through three rotations touching briefly on educational technology. We enjoy sharing with our staff!
2:30-4:40 PM Soccer Practice! Then headed home.
8:20-9:20 PM Uploading videos to YouTube and creating the thumbnail, video descriptions, and tags.  I created a play list for these particular notes then share the link onto Twitter for anyone who searches for them.



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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