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Teaching From Here

Reflecting on my time at Edmond Memorial and the exciting changes in my future, I wanted to update my blog to reflect what I am wanting to do as a teacher.  I have a lot of passion for teaching, my colleagues and my students.  But at this point in my career, I want to have an impact on those who will be having an impact on our students.  I want to help the next generation of educators be the most brilliant teachers, to help them reach students in most amazing ways.

So the direction of this blog is going to shift just a little bit, to create a place to share ideas and thoughts and collaborate about being great educators.  I have picked up so many excellent ideas from fellow teachers who blog and tweet and share what they do.  I would love to put a space together where this interaction happens daily, but in a more localized area of the internet.  I want to share more about teaching and using educational technology, now not just for math teachers, but for all teachers.  I want to reach teachers no matter what subject area or grade.  I would love for teachers to participate and share their thoughts – so we can get a look across the spectrum of K-12 education.

Over the next few years I am taking a bold step – way out of my comfort zone and am going to earn a PhD in Educational Technology.  A lot of what I write about will be centered around educational technology – but there will also be posts related to education in general.  Your thoughts and feedback will help me get better and will also benefit those who read.  I started a Facebook Community to help collaboration between teachers all over – click this link: Teaching From Here.  Please follow me on Twitter, my handle has been updated as well: TeachFromHere, you can even link up with me on Google+.  Lets make this dialogue the beginning of something epic!What Learning Looks Like

During this phase of life, I will have the opportunity to teach some of our future educator colleagues and allowing them to see the power of collaboration first hand is something that will be beneficial for them.  They can learn from you, these students need to know that teaching never quite goes off like you plan it.  I am a believer in the messy road to learning – it is very seldom linear.  Learning is a road that will take us around many curves, switch-backs, turn-abouts, dead ends, interstates, back roads, u-turns, you name it.

So, if you are reading this, try out something that you see, but if you read and read and read, then you need to contribute.  Don’t just consume – put yourself out there, take a risk and get the reward.  Tell your story.  Tell why things worked and how you tweaked them.  Give your experiences to others so that we can also grow as teachers.

We teach from our hearts, we teach in our communities, we teach the world.  We Teach From Here.

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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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2 thoughts on “Teaching From Here

  1. Scott: I’m so glad you filled out your EdCampOKC “meet the EdCampers” form – I’d missed this update that you are fulltime with your PhD now. Wow! Good luck and stick with it! That’s super exciting. It will be good to catch up at EdCamp here in a few weeks. I hope your semester is off to a great start! 🙂

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    Posted by Wesley Fryer | February 5, 2015, 9:25 pm

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