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Your Story Is Important!

If you have not investigated YourEdustory – then you are missing out!  This darn graduate work has taken its toll on my blogging this semester and this space feels strangely neglected.  I have recently eeked out a couple of blogs based on some topics from class – but not written of my own free will in quite awhile.   Writing on my blog is important to me, I never thought I would feel this way.  I have grown accustomed to sharing my thoughts and ideas in the modest hope that something will trigger a small change here or there and impact students in the most amazing ways.

Back to YourEdustory – prompts for teachers by teachers to encourage blogging.  Remember, if you don’t share what you do, then you are letting others “assume” what is going on in your schools and classrooms.  If you don’t speak up for yourself, then that is a story that remains hidden from view.

SHARE YOUR STORY!  YOU ARE BRILLIANT AND AMAZING TEACHERS!  THE WORLD DESERVES TO KNOW YOU EXIST AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

So I am catching up.  Combing two weeks of YourEdustory blogging into one post.  Why?  Because I don’t know when I can do this again 🙂


Topic 1 (submitted by yours truly)

Share #1CoolThing that you have done so far this year.

This is the first year that I have not been in a high school classroom since the fall of 1997.  I am still teaching but now at the college level, I am also doing a lot of learning myself.

One of the classes that I have the opportunity to teach is for students in the College of Education at Oklahoma State University.  This class helps students learn how to incorporate educational technology into their teaching pedagogy.

They learn how to use infographics, how to blog, how to create customizable search engines, how to, how to, how to….With the hope that, as they start using these new technologies, they start to become more comfortable trying out new technologies.

How is this #1CoolThing?  Let me explain.  The students are divided into teaching teams, each week a different team teaches the specific technology.  They are creating the lesson plan.  They create the SMARTnotebook file.  They create the assessment.  I get to help, provide some guidance.  Cheer them on when they are on fire.  Correct them when they struggle.  Here is #1CoolThing – each week that goes by, the students are getting braver and more creative in their teaching.

They are not top flight, amazing teachers yet.  They are most definitely on the way.  As I am getting to know these students and watching how they are interacting with each other, I think to myself, “These kids are going to be amazing!”

They are coming up with such creative lessons!  They are stepping into the challenges!  They are not backing down!  This makes me happy!  We need this passion to filter into our schools, to make an impact on our students!

My #1CoolThing?  Watching these future teachers grow.  Its #amazeballs!


Topic 2 (Submitted by @ChristyFenne)

What does being “connected” mean to you?

When I was a new teacher, I was “connected” to the people in my building.  I had no school email.  I had AOL, but was still trying to figure out those darn chat rooms.  Forget using that stuff as a teacher!

The people that I was connected to, were people who poured into me, people I saw everyday.  They gave me ideas to try.  They helped me grow as a teacher.  New teachers that I was hired with, we helped each other!  We were connected through our struggles that first year.

I am still connected to Kevin, a high school English teacher in Edmond.  We were in the same hiring class at Guthrie High School in 1997.  Although time took us in different places, then back together, then into different spaces again – we remain connected!  I know that I can call Kev at two in the morning, although he may not answer….

Move forward to just a couple of years ago when I truly discovered how Twitter could be used by a teacher.  HOLY COW!  My level of connectedness started growing by factors of ten.  It led to opportunities to connect with Kas Nelson and Todd Garrison and Anthony Purcell!  There are so many others, I don’t want to offend by not listing them (they reside in #oklaed and are the most amazing people)…But I am connected!  I learn from people in other cities, other states, other countries!

So what does connected mean?  To me – relationships.  Its how we grow and get better as people and as teachers.  Its how we make a such a tremendous difference in the lives of our students.

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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

3 thoughts on “Your Story Is Important!

  1. Relationships are the foundation for learning, whether you’re 9 or 99! I reap the benefits of being connected everyday with thoughtful and experienced educators like you, Scott, as well as, #oklaed educators AND even educators from other states. And like you, it was Twitter that REALLY helped me build my PLN and make those connections. Twitter is my go-to for anything and everything about teaching and learning (and, well, I kind of have an addiction to Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show…and the #hashtags). Don’t reinvent the wheel! Make connections and share resources…it’s a win-win situation!

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    Posted by kasnelson98 | October 18, 2015, 6:25 pm

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