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Two Things Different

Since January, my life has totally been different – I left the comfy confines of Edmond Memorial High School to take on the completely unknown world of Oklahoma State University.  My role changed from primarily teaching to primarily learning.  As a result – this school semester/year – my two things that will be different will be, well, different.

Number 1

I want to intentionally expand the amount of time that I spend in my uncomfortable zone.  As a teacher, I can get so comfortable that I forget that there are risks that need to be taken.  I’m not talking about crazy, way out from left field risk.  This can sometimes be good…But I want to take steps that pull me from my comfort zone and help me to change my teaching practice.  I have been know to occasionally dip my pinky toe into the world of different and uncomfortable.  I tried flipcass and gamification in my high school math class.  These were mostly well thought out and intentional steps to get out of the way, so that the student learning in my classroom was driven by the students.  It took me way too long as a teacher to get there, over a decade.

Easier said than done.  Being intentional is key here.

Number 2

Quit thinking in terms of the far future – think what can I do now.  Today.  This second.  I have always had an eye on what could take place in my future.  Always.  I do not spend very much time really looking at today and why today is important.  What will I miss out on if I don’t take action today.  What opportunity can I capitalize on today?  What can I do today that will make the biggest difference.

This is hard for me.  I want to help teachers in the future, when I am done with graduate school (and you can call me The Doctor), but what am I doing about this today?  I need to take a page from the “do what you can, with what you have, where you are” playbook.

As with Number 1 – this will be easier said than done.

What two things can you do different?


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


3 thoughts on “Two Things Different

  1. Just wondering: Since students in college to get the batchelor’s degree in education are labeled ‘pre-service teachers’, does it also mean that you are a ‘pre-service education’ doctor? Also, does that mean that since I’m now emeritus engineering faculty, I’m now a ‘post-service engineering professor’?

    Planning after Considering is of value only if it’s followed closely by engaging, assessing, and refining!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by jcbjr9455 | September 3, 2015, 2:38 pm
  2. The things I could do (and am trying to!) would definitely include both of yours. Your second point hits me hard, it’s a tough one and a big goal in my life. Being here now. Start where you are. Teach from here…however u want to say it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by chineseteacher8 | September 4, 2015, 6:41 am
  3. Btw would you be the 13th Doctor?!?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by chineseteacher8 | September 4, 2015, 6:42 am

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