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Change This!

Don't Panic

This is a week late but is my first blog under the Share #YourEdustory family of blogs!  This also happens to be a topic that I am passionate about solving, I am doing what I am doing for this very reason.

Some backstory…

I have always tried to do things a little bit differently, I really did not want my class to be like every other class.  I wanted something different and unique, something that would impact the students and leave a positive memory with them.

One of the first “changes” that I made was introducing music as part of the classroomChange 2 culture (no one in my school outside of the music folks did this).  I teach math (not music) but I knew that playing music during class could be beneficial.  So in my second year of teaching, I brought the boombox from home, found a Braveheart disc and it was game on.  I have had music playing in my room ever since (and expanded well beyond Braveheart).

Another big change was transforming my teaching model from a traditional classroom to a flipped classroom.  This was really tough, but very intentional.  I made this change because I had started to get into some really familiar routines and wanted to do something very different.  Another big change: at the beginning of the school year last year, I gamified my calculus class.  It was a struggle, it was fun, it was exciting, and the days zoomed by soooo fast!

Why did I change to a flipped class?  I though it had potential!  Why did I gamify?  I thought it would make a big and fun difference!

I had the opportunity to attend my first ISTE conference in 2013 and was so impressed!  I loved the vibe!  I loved the ideas I was getting from others!  I LOVED this conference!!  This conference really got me thinking about what I am doing in the classroom.  What could I change?  What needed to stay the same?  How could I help students own their learning (even more than in a flipped environment) and be even more brilliant?  All of these questions…I decided I had to go back and the very next year, my friend and I had a table session!

ChangeThese ideas from ISTE had me looking around my school, one of the best public high schools in our state (True Story!) and I thought, we could be even more amazing….I dug into educational technology and the ideas from the conferences and from this point forward life was all about change.  I would talk to any of my colleagues who would listen.  I would stop them in the hall.  Talk to them over the bathroom stalls.  Walk them to class.  Send staff wide emails…

Fast forward to this past winter, I resigned my teaching position to become a full time PhD student at Oklahoma State University.  This was change of the highest magnitude!  It was also very intentional.  One of the biggest reasons that I did this was to put myself into a position to help teachers make changes without being afraid (see the top graphic).  I want to help them see that change is not bad, it can be so rewarding!  But it can be so difficult to start.

I want to give teachers the opportunity to see that change is doable and can vastly improve the already amazeballs things that they are already doing.  I want them to get to a point where, as a profession, we do not fear change.  That we are willing to try new models and ideas.  That we are willing to risk failure so we can learn.  That we don’t just change for change sake, but through intention we grow so that our students can GROW!

I have rambled…Thank you for reading 🙂

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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 “Change This!

  1. Great post! As quite often happens with me, quotes of Albert Einstein come to mind:
    “Insanity: Doing the same things over and over, expecting different outcomes.”
    “We cannot solve the problems that exist with the same knowledge and skills with which they were created.”
    “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by jcbjr9455 | July 19, 2015, 5:30 pm

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