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On Open Letter to our State Legislators, especially Representative Mike Turner

Good Afternoon Representative Turner,

As the District 81 Representative you represent my family, community, and school system. I invite you to visit my classroom at school anytime: Edmond Memorial High School! We have great kids, great teachers, and great administrators, and as a school and district we are always trying to do what is best for our kids.

However, I have to disagree with your assessment of how important education is for our children. The Rally for Education that is scheduled for the 31st March is about more than one day – it is about our future. The future for our children (my kids go to Deer Creek who you also represent) is what this rally is all about. How can we get our kids ready for the future if we are stuck in the past? How will our business community grow if they see that we are not investing in education? Strong educational communities benefit society and promote citizenship. How can you go against this? Testing our kids non-stop and throwing millions of dollars at the testing companies is the place where we should start looking at saving some money. Hold me accountable! Give me a finish line, but do not take away my funding and move the finish line!

And I also would like to make you aware that as an employee of Edmond Public Schools, I am not an employee of the State of Oklahoma. I did not negotiate with the State for my contract, I do not receive the same benefits that you receive as my representative and my retirement comes from a different place than your retirement comes from.

I will be at the rally on March 31 and I would love to have some time to visit with you about these things. I am passionate about what I do and I love that we live in a democracy where we have the opportunity to rally with others who share our beliefs. This fundamental right is what makes this nation great!
Thank you for your time!

Scott M. Haselwood
National Board Certified Teacher
PreAP Precalculus, Calculus
Varsity/JV Women’s Soccer
Edmond Memorial High School

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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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5 thoughts on “On Open Letter to our State Legislators, especially Representative Mike Turner

  1. Hi Matt,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I met with Rep. Turner yesterday. He might have very different views than I, but he seemed receptive to meeting. I was able to set up a meeting via email. I suspect after talking to him that we need to get in touch with those on the education committee too. Good luck!

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    Posted by Jamie Causey | February 19, 2014, 4:28 pm
  2. Great post, Scott!!!!

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    Posted by Errin | February 19, 2014, 7:19 pm
  3. Love your letter Scott. Sad that so many teachers are voting against their own interests for chumps like these. Hope to see you and Roan in spring soccer.

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    Posted by Eric | February 21, 2014, 7:21 am

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