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I’m Going Rogue

Do I have your attention???  Read on…

Does your classroom or educational system look like this:

1890 teaching

Might I suggest an upgrade?

With the emergence of the internet and the proliferation of educational technology, there are too many ways to break down these black and white walls.  Lets add some color.

Some suggestions to get you started:

  • Start a classroom blog at Kidblog.org: easy to use and set up. You have control.  Keep your student blogs private or share them with the world.  Your choice.  I had my calculus students write a letter to their parents for parent teacher conferences (you can even blog in math).
  • Consider starting a blog site as a teacher at WordPress.com or Blogger.com.  Use your blog to connect with fellow educators.  Learn something new.  Share something brilliant.  Advocate for your school or district.  Reflect on your practice – get better!
  • Create a Twitter account and learn to use it.  Seek professional development that meets the needs YOU have as an educator.  Nobody knows what you need like you do.  Step into the cool zone!  Follow a hashtag – I’m partial to #oklaed myself…
  • Knock down the four walls of your classroom by connecting with a classroom or an expert somewhere else through Mystery Skype or Google Hangouts.  There is no better way to bring the world to your students.  Real time interaction with people from all over the world.  Nothing can replace this experience – both are free.  Thats right – FREE!  The world is literally in your pocket or on your teacher work station.  Share it with your students.
  • Maybe even flip a lesson or a unit….

I know as teachers our time is valuable.  It is the one commodity that is always in very short supply.  These items listed here – they do not require tons of legwork.  Just a little investigating up front and some planning.  Pick one or two of these things and make a commitment to incorporate them into your classroom fabric.

Make this year the best ever.  Make this year one your students and YOU will never forget.  Do something different.  Find your passion.  Don’t ever forget why you started teaching.  That fire you had when you were young and naive – rekindle it.

Step out of your comfort zone and GO ROGUE! Comfort Zone

Find the magic and have the best year!  #BeBrilliant!

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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 “I’m Going Rogue

  1. I love this blog! I want to learn about skype this year.

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    Posted by kimber39 | August 16, 2015, 6:54 pm

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