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Your Story!

In the middle of working on some final drafts of papers – I find myself back to a topic that I have blogged about before.  Take 12 minutes to watch this video from Moore Public Schools:

As of this writing on December 6, 2015 around noon, it has been viewed 65,000 times.  It was posted on December 3, 2015.

Why do I mention this?  Because it is student-teachers, teachers, administrators, and superintendents sharing their story about education.

Why is this important?  Because it shows the power of teachers and the impact they have.  It shows the power of sharing their story and not being defined by numbers.  It shows the human side of teachers and what they do every single day.

In this day, in these circumstances, it is so important for teachers to share what they do, the issues they face, the amazing things that happen in schools, the frustrations…Why?

Until this point, other people have told the story of the teacher.  Harnessing the power of social media, teachers are taking back our narrative.

If you teach, it is so important that you blog about what you do – that you Tweet, Facebook, Instagram – so that we can continue to take back our profession.

Refuse to be defined by those who view us from the outside.  Refuse to be defined by those who do not truly understand what happens in our classroom each day.

Refuse to let others share our story and experiences.

Take back the narrative – start a blog today.  Right now.  Write a post about why you teach and how important it is for you to continue to do so.  Share how much education you have and the actual amount of money your are earning.  Tell people how important it is to be viewed as a professional.  Tell people all of the duties that are required from you each day – so many outside of education do not understand all of the other things that happen each day.

Share your story with those who create policy – let them know how you are impacted by their decisions.  Often those who make policy do not get to live out the implementation.  We do.  Let them know what that looks like, both good and bad.

Remind people that we make a difference.

 

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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 “Your Story!

  1. The best thing about blogging??? For me, it adds to my Considerations (ironically, MY blog: http://johncbennettjr.com – shameless plug…) of any topic of interest to me. I know, most know, and all should know that it’s only when you try to facilitate others’ effective learning – including through blogging – that you truly understand the topic yourself. My experience: Not only do you find simpler / clearer / better ways of expressing your thinking; I almost always find additional supportive ideas for my posts!!!

    Do Scott, me, and all other readers a big favor: Express your thoughts in a blog! Even if any of us totally disagree with your thinking, we’ll Consider your message AND adjust our message appropriately. Maybe more importantly, we’ll include you in our PLN. Those who don’t act this way with regard to your posts are most likely blinded by their own ego – not worth your worries…

    As I tried to always remind my students, the person most benefiting from your writing is YOU. It IS worth your best!!!

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    Posted by jcbjr9455 | December 12, 2015, 4:16 pm

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