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#OklaEd Rally Day

For those of you who do not know, I coach high school soccer. They joy that comes with being a part of the lives of the young women who play the beautiful game cannot be put into words! I Rally for them!!

For those of you who do not know, I teach high school math. The conversation killer math classes: calculus and PreAP Precalculus. The awesomeness that happens when they reach understanding of a complex topic never ceases to amaze me. I often feel like they are smarter than I will ever be! I Rally for them!!

I am the parent of three amazing grade school children. I watch them work hard, I see every AR score, I go to every parent teacher conference (and get even more testing scores), I watch them grow up knowing that they have/had great teachers but the system makes it difficult for them to flourish. I Rally for them!!

I work in a great school with the best administrators you can find. They have supported me when I get crazy ideas (give flipclass a try, it can be a challenge). They do so much with so little and I worry that the time is coming when they will not even be able to do a little. I Rally for them!!

Basing a third grade student’s ENTIRE YEAR on a test that is 50% reading and 50% language (forgive me if my percents are not quite correct, 3rd grade is next year for my middle kiddo) and calling this a reading test and failure means repeating 3rd grade. This makes no sense! I Rally for my 3rd Grade Teachers and their STUDENTS!!

I have the utmost respect for our Superintendent Dr. Goin – a man that only comes along once in a great while.  He has been a leader in our community for so long, people cannot remember who was before him.  The choices and decisions that he will have to make, I do not envy.  I want every Superintendent to be able to do what is best for their school district and make decisions that benefit the students, not decisions where you have to determine which cut hurts least (all of those and then some have been made).  I Rally for them!!

And at the bottom of this list, I Rally for myself!  I am a public school teacher!  I have three children smack in the middle of public schools!   I love what I do!  And I don’t think that its to much to ask that our State Leaders and Policy Makers listen to what we have to say. Trust me to be a great teacher, to make good decisions for the students, I WENT TO SCHOOL TO DO THIS!!  If our leaders listen and change the climate they have created about teachers in our state, we would not have a teacher shortage.  I Rally for myself and my Colleagues!  I Rally for my future colleagues!!  I RALLY TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE I HAVE NEVER MET!!!


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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