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The Year in Review – What a year 2014!

Year in Review

This is a Wordle of everything that I blogged about this past year – guess what word came up most frequently??

Happy 2015!!  I hope it goes super #Amazeballs!

This past year, I had 8,900 views – mind blowing to a guy who is trying to share his love of teaching a passion for learning!!  There were 46 total posts that covered everything from legislative issuesgamification, flipclass, the ISTE conference, and my passion for teaching (my most popular post of the year).  Visitors came from 69 different counties!  And participating in @EdcampStilly led to the awesome opportunity to write an article for EdSurge.com!    What a year!

This year promises to be much different for me and what I will be blogging about.  Some of my more popular posts last year were rooted in the crazy political game that education in our state has turned into.  I am going to try and limit these posts and trust others: Oklahoma Education TruthsView From the EdgeBlue CerealBrett Dickerson, and Jason James for those types of posts.  Omission from this list is accidental – please add the people you read most in the comments!

My goal is to blog more frequently about great things to try out in the classroom – real life, real practical, real cool, and real fun!  I want to increase the collaboration of teachers across districts, states, and nations.  Foster a place where wonderful ideas can be freely exchanged, where we teachers can put all of our wisdom together and share what we have done with others.  Teachers are great at “stealing” an idea and tweaking it to fit their personality and community.  Lets tear down some of those walls that fragment and separate us!!  In a first step to do this, follow the Facebook Community Teaching From Here.  Please borrow, please steal, but most importantly PLEASE SHARE!  Without your amazing ideas, nothing happens.  There comes a point when you have to quit being a consumer and start being a contributor.

It is important to push yourself and get out of your comfort zone – nothing great ever happens when you don’t try and fail and try again (Failure is an Option).  Have the courage to do something different – tweak it, make it better.  Grow as a teacher so that your students benefit.  For me, this means leaving the high school classroom.  A place I have been for my entire teaching career  – almost 20 years.  I am now moving to Oklahoma State University to pursue a PhD in Educational Technology and teach as a graduate assistant.  Why?  Because this will push me out of my comfort zone.  Because this will give me the opportunity to help teachers in radical ways.  Because I don’t ever want to QUIT LEARNING!

Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for being a teacher!

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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

Discussion

One thought on “The Year in Review – What a year 2014!

  1. Well, I am not an educator (well, I was once a natural child birth teacher!), you never cease to amaze me.
    You have used some totally incredible tools in your classroom. I assume your students, or most of them, felt the same way. It sounds like you are striving to make “learning” fun and creative. I know you will zip through Grad school with amazing results, as you also
    spread your skills around the university setting.

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    Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2015, 4:44 pm

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