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On my bucket list is giving a TED talk.  I could listen/watch Sir Ken Robinson or Jane McGonigal all day long!  These amazing people inspire me because of what they believe about the two areas that I am so interested in researching: education and gaming.  Having the opportunity to speak to such a broad audience about my combination of these two things would be…well would be Amazeballs!

For my TEDxOstateU talk, I chose the topic Failure is OK.  For three minutes I talked about Michael Jordan, Harry Truman, and Madigan Haselwood.  These three people exemplify attitudes about overcoming failure that are so important.  Jordan missed numerous game winning shots and Truman had a failed business.  Both men overcame these failures and there is no question that they made tremendous achievements.

Madigan still has a lifetime to earn her achievements, but she is learning that failure is ok.  Madigan likes to code and when she codes she very rarely gets it right the first time.  She puts her code together, she runs the debug program, she gets it wrong.  Madigan doesn’t just quit though, she tinkers, changing numbers or coding blocks, sometimes asking a question.  She tries again.  You see, she doesn’t understand that failing is bad and it’s a lesson that many adults need to learn.

I didn’t make the final round for my TEDx talk – guess what?  That makes me a big, fat failure!  Guess what else?  It gave me the opportunity to reach for a dream.  I had such a range of emotions that day.  I had butterflies, headaches, nervous hands, my mind kept refining what I wanted to say.  I had the opportunity to listen to some absolutely brilliant ideas and share mine.  It didn’t work out this time and I am disappointed, this is a dream.  I WOULD DO IT ALL AGAIN!!!

Reaching for a dream is exciting!  I shared with my educator colleagues what I was attempting to do and they gave me so much encouragement!  They tweeted good luck, they face-booked positive messages, they gave me even more courage.  I could feel them all with me and that made such a huge impact.

In the end, I didn’t make the cut.  Disappointed?  Yes.  Life over? NO WAY!  Failing is ok – learn, grow, get better.  I will try out again if I have the opportunity.  Why?  Because not doing so….well….it would be failure.


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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