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Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you’re not there #notatiste17



A conversation with Peggy George in episode 105 of the 10-Minute Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Peggy George @pgeorge was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however – SHE WASN’T THERE. Peggy is an expert on getting the most of ISTE by attending virtually. Today, she’ll teach five tips for getting the most out of ISTE whether you’re at ISTE or riding home on the plane and wanting to see what you missed.

ISTE 2017

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echoes. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at http://ift.tt/2rZniYL

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In today’s show, Peggy George discusses how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 even if you’re not at there:

  • The #notatiste17 Google Group
  • The #notatiste17 hashtag on Twitter
  • The livebinder for not at ISTE
  • How to share learning
  • How to deal with Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) if you can’t go

I hope you enjoy this episode with Peggy George!

Want to hear another episode on ISTE 2017? Listen to Terry Freedman talk about how to get the most out of education conferences and ISTE.

Selected Links from this Episode


NOTATISTE Google Plus Community
http://ift.tt/kC2wBscommunities/102762507417207490264

#notatiste16 Livebinder
http://ift.tt/2t2Ym7fplay/play?id=2011539

#notatiste17 Livebinder (not public yet but should be by tomorrow)
http://ift.tt/113TmJIplay/play?id=2208203

Participate slow chat for #notatiste17
http://ift.tt/1R3Zn11chats/notatiste17

Participate Collection for #notatiste17
http://ift.tt/1R3Zn11collections/notatiste17/39378a92-08a3-462e-ad4c-ebd0108d4e9a

Participate Collection for last year’s resources #notatiste16 (1135 resources)
http://ift.tt/1R3Zn11collections/notatiste16-curated-collection/7b2b7447-cb3c-4685-a41c-178becc8cb13

Twitter hashtag: #notatiste17

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Peggy George

I am a retired educator in Phoenix AZ and love spending my time supporting teachers with the use of technology in their classrooms. I have been a professional educator for over 50 years with many roles including principal, teacher, special education director and university preservice teacher education instructor. I co-host the weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinars and am an organizer for the K12 Online Conference and EdCamp Phoenix.

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[Recording starts 0:00:00]

This episode is sponsored by Power School. Stay tuned at the end of the show to learn about their Unified Classroom at ISTE Power School’s Classroom of the Future in room 207 A. It’s going to be where you can have fun and win awesome prizes, like an Apple Watch, Microsoft Surface or Amazon Echo. Stay tuned.

Five powerful ways to participate in ISTE 2017, even if you’re not there. Episode 105.

The Ten-minute Teacher podcast with Vicki Davis. Every week day you’ll learn powerful practical ways to be a more remarkable teacher today.

VICKI:               My friend Peggy George @pgeorge

has been at ISTE http://ift.tt/29jH4Za many years, but she’s really kind of become the expert for how to participate in ISTE when you’re not at ISTE. Peggy, you’ve got five ways that we can join in at ISTE when we’re not at ISTE. What’s our first way?

PEGGY:       Hi, Vicki. It is great to be here with you. I get excited at this time of year every year when we’re talking about ISTE. It’s hard to narrow down five tips, but here is my first one. If you can’t go to ISTE but you don’t want to miss out on things, I want you to join the Not At ISTE Google community http://ift.tt/2rK7l9E

and you will get links to everything that’s going on. And you’ll have an opportunity to share with other people who want to be there but can’t be there, and they share their own resources there. So there’ll be chances to actually do presentations there. We have night presentations, we have challenges; all kinds of things that help you to connect with other educators who want to be a part of ISTE.

VICKI:          So this Google community, you’ll give us the link to put in the show notes, right?

[00:02:00]

PEGGY:       If you just search for Not At ISTE Google community, it will come right up. And you just have to join, and then you can contribute to all of the conversations, you can share your photos, anything. Because we do our own photo challenges and things that people can do from wherever they are; they don’t have to be at ISTE. But it’s just a great way to connect with other educators at this amazing time.

VICKI:          Okay. What’s your second?

PEGGY:       Okay. My second is, make sure that you follow the Twitter hashtags, both for #notatISTE17 and #ISTE17. And when you follow those hashtags, you find amazing sharing going on, and you’ll find presenters who say, I have a session coming up and here’s a link to my presentation, or here’s a link to my resources. And you get tons of resources that way. We also have a not at ISTE community on Participate http://ift.tt/2t2HZaR

where we have a collection of resources that we gather from all of those tweets. http://ift.tt/2rK69mx

So if you want to follow the not at ISTE ’17 hashtag on Participate, you can do that, and you’ll have them all coming through in one big stream. (See 2016 Participate resources – http://ift.tt/2rJPxeK

 

VICKI:          And it’s so incredible, because I know, Peggy, some of the years that I haven’t gone, I’ve actually followed those hashtags and blogs, and there would be people who would think I was there because I was so in on knowing what was happening.

PEGGY:       Exactly.

VICKI:          And it’s so awesome. Okay, what’s our third?

PEGGY:       Okay, my third one is we have a fabulous resource that you’re going to want to bookmark, and that is a LiveBinder for not at ISTE ’17. http://ift.tt/2rK8az4

Now, we have a LiveBinder that’s already full for not at ISTE ’16, http://ift.tt/2t2G9GR

and I will share that link with you because you can go back and get amazing information from last year. But this year, we’re just starting to populate it.

[00:04:00]

                    And you can see; the videos are embedded. If people have done presentations at ISTE and maybe they did a periscope about them, those videos will be embedded in the LiveBinder, so you can quickly see blog posts that are being written, presentations that are being shared, night sessions, people that are just talking about ISTE and amazing things they’re learning. Lots of blog posts that reflect on what they’re doing each day; those will all be in the LiveBinder. I found that I actually got to see more of ISTE by participating in a not at ISTE LiveBinder than I did when I went to ISTE. It’s just amazing. I got to poster sessions, tons of them, with interviews with the teachers and the students right up close, just because of that sharing.

VICKI:          Okay, what’s our fourth?

PEGGY:       My fourth one is, after you’ve checked out all those things, like the hashtags and the community, start following the people that are sharing there. They may be presenters; they may just be participants. Many of them are blogging. And if you just start following them, you’re going to build an amazing personal learning network of people that are doing things that you’re really interested in.

VICKI:          Okay. And what’s our fifth?

PEGGY:       This is all about connecting. Be sure to share what you learn; no matter how or where, give credit. But tell people how excited you are about something you learned by participating in not at ISTE, and everyone will benefit from your learning.

VICKI:          Educators who care share. And we who love kids, we have to keep learning, don’t we, Peggy?

[00:06:00]

PEGGY:       Absolutely. That is my theme. Never stop learning.

VICKI:          And here’s the other thing; it’s real easy to get; they call it FOMO, fear of missing out. I mean, there are times when I missed ISTE and I really got down about it. We can only go when we can go. We can’t all go every year, all the time; we don’t have unlimited budget. But the question to me is, do we have unlimited attitude, you know?

PEGGY:       That’s a great way to put it.

VICKI:          So how do you keep your attitude up and excited and not get FOMO?

PEGGY:       Because I know that there is no such thing as being caught up or keeping up. And so I take advantage of everything that I can, and I know that I’m missing out on some things. If you just participate as much as possible, you’re going to get renewed, and you’re going to get excited about the possibilities of things that you can do in your world that don’t cost anything. Like you said at the beginning, it’s really all about the people. When you go to ISTE, it’s not just going to presentations and going to the exhibit hall, but it’s talking to people about the ideas you’re learning there, and then coming back home and talking to people back home about the things you learned while you were there.

VICKI:          Okay, remarkable educators, so whether you’re going to be at ISTE, I hope you’ll say hello to me. I’ll be there all day Monday and part of the day Tuesday. Or whether you’re not at ISTE, we can all join in this awesome learning experience. And I hope that all of you will tweet and connect with Peggy, because she’s really the guru about how to participate at ISTE whether you’re there or not.

PEGGY:       Thank you. And I would love to connect with our listeners.

VICKI:          The ISTE Conference is here. And I’m so excited to be at ISTE with Power School on Monday, June 26th at 4:00 pm in room 225 A and B. http://ift.tt/2s0IjT2

[00:08:00]

I’ll be leading a panel discussion on the five teacher trends changing education. http://ift.tt/2suB3ST  You’ll also want to come by Power School’s Classroom of the Future in 207 A, where they’ll be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos. You can also come by the Power School booth, 2918, to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE, check out the Unified Classroom at http://ift.tt/2su6OLW. That’s http://ift.tt/2su6OLW. Or just go to the show notes and follow the link. Hope to see you there.

 

Thank you for listening to the Ten-minute Teacher Podcast. You can download the show notes and see the archive at http://ift.tt/2quX4Nu. Never stop learning.

 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

ISTE 2017 Schedule #iste17



Hope to see you there!

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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ISTE 2017 starts this weekend. If you’re going – enjoy. If you’re not — stay tuned to the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast on Friday when Peggy George talks about how to participate in all of the #notatiste17 activities. We all win when ISTE happens, so don’t feel left out. PowerSchool is making it possible for me to attend and share. Thank you, PowerSchool!

As of three weeks ago – #notatiste17 was my plan. But then, some friends at PowerSchool called.

You see, Hardeep Gulati, the CEO, and his team had put together a stellar panel on the trends shaping teaching today. They asked me to moderate the panel. Excited! So, I said yes!

5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today on the ISTE Program

PowerSchool has a fantastic, reliable SIS. They also bought Haiku Learning and have since created PowerSchool Learning, the best learning management system (in my opinion.)

In addition, PowerSchool has a fantastic announcement coming Monday. (Hardeep will be on my podcast Monday to share the announcement for those of you not going to ISTE.)

The only challenge is that my toe may be broken, so be patient with me. Drop by and say hi.

The best thing about ISTE is my friends. Thank you, PowerSchool for doing this. As always, every chance to speak is a gift. I’ll do my best to “bring it” for those of you who add me to your busy ISTE 2017 program.

And this year, for all of my #notatiste17 friends, you are remembered. There will be a live stream Monday and Tuesday for you! 

Quick Glance Schedule


Check the extended schedule for explanations below.

Monday, June 26, 2017

9:15 – 10:15 am – Classroom of the Future Tour and Live Stream 207A We will stream on the PowerSchool Facebook page
11:00 am – Classroom of the Future 207A visit with those in line

classroom of the future #iste17

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Cool Cat Teacher’s Mega Tool Share – Microsoft Partner Booth  – I’ll be presenting quick secrets of success with the PowerSchool Learning Management System (my blended learning tool) for 15 minutes and then for 30 minutes I’ll share as many tools as humanly possible from my 50+ fave tools for teachers.

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm PowerSchool Booth 2918 – I’ll be tweeting out selfies with friends I see here. Say hi!
2:00 pm Classroom of the Future 207A visit with those in line and take pics!

Put 5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today on Your ISTE Program

4 – 5 pm 5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today

If you can get to only one event, this is the one you’ll want to see! I’ll be moderating an Awesome Panel with Marlo Gaddis, Dr. Scott McLeod, Dr. Richard Middleton, and Paul Ritter – Ballroom 225AB

Come by and support PowerSchool, enter to win Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces, and Amazon Echoes. Add them to your schedule. 

Tuesday, June 27

11:00 – 12:00 ISTE Edtech Influencer Panel to be live streamed from SMART  on their Facebook and Twitter accounts – I’ll be on the panel with Jeffrey Bradbury, Angela Maiers, Lord Jim Knight, and Jeff Lowe. For  #notatiste17 friends

12:30 – 1:20 Edtech Insight Session: Teacher Hacks – Pitch Fest Pavilion 2142 – We’ll work to share more than 30 Teacher hacks and ideas for all age groups.

ISTE 2017 Expanded Schedule


Monday, June 26

Tour Classroom of the Future (Live Stream from 207A)

Monday, June 26 2017 – 9:15 am – 10:15 am
11:00 am and 2:00 pm
207A

I’ll be joining Danielle Tyler from the PowerSchool social media team as we live stream a tour of the Classroom of the Future. Perfect for #notatiste17 to join in. (See their Facebook page for the live video.)

Note that this will be open every time the exhibit hall is open. They’ll be giving away prizes like Apple Watches, Amazon Echo’s, and Microsoft Surface Tablets and tours depart every 6 minutes. This is a must see!

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Cool Cat Teacher’s Mega Tool Share (Microsoft Partner Booth)

My 50+ tools and blended learning presentations are popular at conferences. This will be a condensed version.

The first 15 minutes will be about how I blend learning in my classroom. The last 30 minutes will be as many tools as I can share. 

PowerSchool Booth (Come visit and say hello)

Monday, June 26, 2017
2918 in the Exhibit Hall
1:10 pm EDT

We’ll take selfies and tweet and share from here. 

5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today (Lead Panel Discussion)

Monday, June 26, 2017 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ballroom 225AB

Tired of the buzzwords? Want to get past the hype? What really works in teaching? This panel will tackle five important trends transforming teaching today. It will help superintendents, principals, IT Directors, and teachers get back to what works in the classroom and refocus on learning.

Panelists:

  • Marlo Gaddis
  • Dr. Scott McLeod
  • Dr. Richard Middleton
  • Paul Ritter
  • Vicki Davis, Panel Moderator
  • Dr. Sally I’Anson, Backchannel Moderator

Put 5 Trends Transforming Teaching Today on Your ISTE Program

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SMART Ed Tech Influencer Panel

June 27, 2017 10:30 – 11:30 am
To be live streamed from SMART  on their Facebook and Twitter accounts – I’ll be on the panel with Jeffrey Bradbury, Angela Maiers, Lord Jim Knight, and Jeff Lowe. For  #notatiste17 friends

Teacher Hacks at Edtech Insights (Edward Baker)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Pitch Fest Pavilion, Booth 2142

We’ll be sharing teacher hacks for students of all ages!

Check out the PowerSchool schedule. I’m grateful for the opportunity. 

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of #iste17



A conversation with Terry Freedman in episode 104 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today Terry Freedman @terryfreedman author of Education Conferences: Teachers’ Guide to Getting the Most out of Education Conferences talks about how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 or any conference you attend.

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This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool!

I will be leading a panel discussion on 5 Key Trends Transforming Teaching Today  at ISTE 2017 on Monday June 26, 2017 at 4pm in room 225 A and B.

Come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos.

Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 — I’ll be there some on Monday. For those of you are not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at http://ift.tt/2su6OLW.

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In today’s show, Terry Freedman shares how to get the most out of any conference and especially #iste17 :

  • Deciding your goals for a conference
  • Accomplishing important things at a conference
  • The “killer question” to ask people you meet
  • Finding what you missed (even when you go)
  • Some challenges unique to #iste17

I hope you enjoy this episode with Terry Freedman!

 

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Full Bio As Submitted


Terry Freedman

Terry has over 40 years’ experience in education. Roles include teaching (especially hard classes), management in schools, and government agencies. Since 2004 he has been an independent ed tech consultant, writer, trainer, and speaker.

He aims in his books and articles to answer two main types of question:

So what?

and:

So what do I do with class X on Friday afternoon?

He has embarked on writing and self-publishing a series of teachers’ guides, the first of which is the Education Conferences book mentioned elsewhere. These will be very practical and pragmatic. To be informed of new or impending publications, sign up for Terry’s newsletter.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Blended Learning Hype or Taking Us to New Heights?



A global search for education blog post

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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No, blended learning is NOT hype, at least not in my experience. However, I will say that I have seen people say that they are blending learning when it is not blended learning at all. I have interviewed a thought leader from the Christensen Institute about the eight types of blended learning, shared my five essential, effective blended learning best practices, have given a webinar on blended learning best practices and led a panel at 2016 ISTE with blended learning thought leaders. Through all of this, here are some thoughts on blended learning today.

blended learning

Each month, Cathy Rubin has a question for the Top Global Teacher Bloggers. This month’s question is “What do you think about the K12 evolution of blended learning? 

What is blended learning?

First, there are lots of forms of blended learning. There’s station rotation. There is flipped classroom. There’s the flex model.

But, every classroom is made up of two spaces:

  • the face-to-face space and
  • the online space

The effective 21st-century teacher will meld the online space and the face-to-face classroom into a powerful combination of learning. That is blended learning.

The Blended Learning Secret

In my last five years of blending my classroom, I’ve learned the secret to great blended learning is to let each location do what it does best.

When I make huge mistakes, and blended learning is when I ask a space to be something that is not intended to do.

An example of face to face success

For example, there is no replacement for face-to-face feedback. Sure, I can record my voice, or I could record a quick video for students. Certainly, when you have online classrooms, you have to do this form of feedback because you just don’t have the ability to talk face to face.

But there is no substitute for me patting a student on the shoulder for a job well done or a quick high-five when a student has made a significant accomplishment. There is no app for that. It is human contact, and it’s a powerful way to improve learning.

You can’t educate until you relate. Even effective online teachers somehow build a relationship with their student’s classroom. But, in my opinion, you can have the best of both worlds.

effective best practices for blended learning

Something that will move out of the physical classroom to the online space

In another example, I have a dry erase board on one wall of my room. For the last fifteen years, I’ve written the assignment on the board for the day. However, during the last three years, my students now use PowerSchool Learning as their learning management system (LMS.)

During their end of year feedback session, the students voted that I should no longer use the dry erase board.

“We don’t look at it. Everything is online.” one said.

“Let’s use that board for something else,” said another.

In this example, students asked for assignments to just be online and to use the physical space differently.

Dividing something into two spaces

Perhaps the most intriguing conversations happened about the course videos that I create and embed in their LMS.

Overwhelmingly they said they like the screencasts to be in video form. So, when I’m teaching how to point and click or do a task, they want those online.

However, to my surprise, they said that the bulleted content when I’m talking about a topic or trend — they want that in the face to face classroom.

“You have more energy when you share your stories face to face.”

“It is hard to pay attention to bullets and just words on a page when it is in a video.”

Classrooms are not just made of bricks, they are made of clicks. Vicki Davis

Student Feedback As You Blend

Therefore, as I get back from my students, I become the greatest personalization engine that they know.

Yes, tools like Khan Academy can customize learning for them in ways that I cannot do individually.

However, I can adapt the entire classroom and the whole learning experience to create a collaborative, cooperative place where students can create, design, and learn to the best of their ability.

Getting student feedback helps me blend better.

What Works in the Classroom!

So, I don’t think blended learning is hype at all. However, I do think that if people think it is the magic bullet to fix everything, as usual, they will be wrong.

Because what helps kids learn is a lot of hard work from the kids and a lot of hard work and the teachers.

Teachers select the best tools to be able to teach.

Teachers build relationships with students.

And, we bring strategies with a high effect size into the classroom that also fit with our own abilities as teachers so that we can teach the best of our ability.

Every Classroom is Blended Whether They Know it Or Not

So, every single classroom has an online component whether the teachers know it or not.

Students are texting about the class or parents are emailing each other and sharing information. It’s just better to have an online space where you can truly blend both places together and facilitate learning.

I think the only height that we are guilty of an education is the hype that comes from thinking that you can improve learning in the classroom by buying something.

Learning comes at a cost.

Certainly, we have to buy the supplies and access to the tools that we need but, we have to have teachers and students who know how to use those tools for the purpose of learning.

And that my friends, makes a great blended learning classroom.

When blended learning is done right, it isn’t about the technology at all — just learning.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BEST OF SEASON 1: iPads in Kindergarten



The top #edtech tool Tuesday of season 1 with Caitlin Arakawa

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Today, we unveil the top edtech tool Tuesday of season 1 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast. Caitlin Arakawa tops the list with her show about how she uses iPads in Kindergarten.

102 season 1 encore episode

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In the show, I’m recommending Angela Watson’s upcoming webinars on How to create simple habits of rest and self care that will change your life. I do recommend her 40-hour workweek club and am an affiliate of the program.  

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Monday, June 19, 2017

TOP EPISODE Of Season 1: Jim Forde, “You’re the Teacher”



Encore Episode 101: The Best of Season 1

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Jim Forde’s episode, “You’re the Teacher” is the top episode of Season 1 of the 10 minute teacher. Kip, my producer, has remastered and “turned it up” so you can rock out to an inspirational message and song.

This week, we’ll be airing 3 encore episodes of the best of Season 1. Thursday and Friday, we’ll air some special ISTE episodes. Then, in July, we’ll take a short break and then come back for Season 2. Hope you enjoy these episodes as some of you in North America start your summertime.

In the show, I’m recommending Angela Watson’s upcoming webinars on How to create simple habits of rest and self care that will change your life. I do recommend her 40-hour workweek club and am an affiliate of the program.  

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Most Remarkable Thing About Teaching



A blog and podcast episode about what is important

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I was talking to my mom and my sister today about teaching. Now, all three of us have been teachers at the high school level. However, I’m the one who’s still in the classroom. And as I was talking to my mom, she’s struggling with memory problems but she was a teacher and way back in the late 1980’s she was brought in to teach a bunch of what they called “Bad Boys.” The school administration really thought these kids were not going to graduate without a great teacher. That great teacher was my Mom.

The most remarkable thing

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What We Remember

So they bought mom in their junior year to teach them a variety of subjects. Several of the teachers had threatened to quit, they said that these were just kids that just didn’t want to learn.

And believe it or not, Mom actually cooked something every day for them. So they would have cake or they would have cinnamon rolls or whatever. And she would say,

“Okay, when we get done with this, this and this, then we’re going to get to eat.”

For these boys, food was about the only thing that worked. Mama doesn’t really remember a lot. But sometimes she’ll look to me with tears in her eyes and say,

“Vicki, do you remember my bad boys? I sure did love teaching those bad boys. They said nobody could teach them but I did. I miss my bad boys.”

Sometimes the harder it is — the happier the memories are of overcoming and the harder we laugh when we think about,

“Oh my goodness I taught that one.”

And we can’t do anything but laugh now. I think I’m going to talk about learning how to collaborate with teachers around the world when I used 128 Kilobit per second modem and took four hours for us to upload a 20-second movie.

I think I’m going to talk about, one day:

  • how we made apps with different classrooms,
  • how I taught my kids how to make video games, even the kids who thought they couldn’t do it – especially the kids who thought they couldn’t do it.

I’m going to talk about:

  • reaching and loving the kid who didn’t like me at first or
  • helping the kids see greatness in themselves who didn’t even like themselves.

And I want to talk about the little girl who loved art and found out she could be a graphic designer.

And I’m going to talk about the kids I loved and the kids who loved me.

Refill the pitcher

But right now it is summer and we cannot pour out of an empty pitcher. It is time for you and I to fill up our pitcher so that we’ll have something to pour out in the fall.

But here’s another thought. I’ve been working on a post today for Edutopia and right now I’ve got 82 different apps in there.

But I was thinking about this — the very best app in the classroom (when it’s fully charged and at its best) is you, and it’s me.

I’m talking about an engine for change, an engine for learning. You can have kids who are really excited about learning but not every teacher offers it. Sadly, not every teacher has become an engine for learning.

But when you’re excited and you’re engaged – you are a better teacher.

That’s why it’s so hard to really trust a lot of the research around education technology because so many times in education technology the teachers are excited when they’re trying something new. And they get excited about it. And when they get excited about it, then everybody else gets excited.

So it’s really hard to control for the excitement of the teacher because how many teachers are truly excited about keeping things the same? I just don’t know.

Looking at Summer

As you plan, as you think about this summer just really ask yourself,

“Am I topping off my pitcher? Am I replenishing myself so that I can be that exciting teacher in the fall?”

Doc the Dog Marks the Passage of Time

And then here’s another thing, it’s always hard because I want to always be up for all of you who listened to my podcast. It’s important to me to bring excitement because we have so many hard things to handle…

Doc the dog has been part of our family for 14 years. His death today has me considering times and seasons and valuing them both.

but today… so I’ve been teaching for 15 years. The summer after my first year of teaching my dad and mom had their puppy or their dog, Doc, passed away and they got a new dog named Doug, a Jack Russell  Terrier. And we’ve had him for 14 years. Well, today we

So I’ve been teaching for 15 years. The summer after my first year of teaching my dad and mom had their dog, Trey, passed away. They got a new dog named Doc, a Jack Russell  Terrier. And we’ve had him for 14 years. Well, today we

Well, today (Tuesday) Doc died.

We said goodbye to goodbye to Doc. I’m a little sad about that because our little furry animals are part of our family.

One time I was at a conference and the person asked, how many of you teachers have pets? And they had us hold up how many fingers. And you know, I have four dogs and two cats, and so many of us are nurturers – a lot of us have pets so we know what it’s like.

Time and Seasons

But it’ll tell you one thing that animals teach me; that life is short, that there’s a season for everything. Even as we said goodbye to Doc today – sweet little Doc – we have a new dog that literally just wandered up just a couple of weeks ago and we’re calling him “Three Spot” because has three spots, nothing original there. But he’s a sweet little dog and we’ve made room for him.

School Years

And every year is different.
Every year has seasons.
Every year has its ups and downs.

Every year has kids that we’re really going to miss and every year has kids that we’re not going to miss. 😉

But as I think about my mom and I think about her talking about the dream she has of teaching those boys and how she misses those days. Sometimes she just says,

“Can I go back and teach those boys? I want to teach again.”

Wake Up and Realize We’re Living the Dream

And that’s her dream.

And you know, I’m living the dream now. And as hard as teaching is – and it’s hard – and as hard as it hurts sometimes, and it does hurt, it’s wonderful.

Teachers, you are the most remarkable app in your classroom. When you get excited when you get encouraged.

So I would just encourage you; take care of yourself, reflect on your wonderful classroom and the things you’ve done and the exciting things that have happened because there’s so many of you who live this every day.

Hard but Worth It

I got a beautiful letter today from a teacher who struggles and she said,

“You know, sometimes I bring food to school because I know that the kids would be hungry and I know that they’re having a hard time and I just love them.”

And we’re all this way, this is who we are.

We sacrifice — really all we have to — to be in the classroom.

The quote I loved from Wonder Woman

And I’m not going to give you any spoilers for Wonder Woman but I did see Wonder Woman. We took mom to see Wonder Woman while dad and my son were burying the dog so that we could kind of get mom away from it.

But there’s a line in there where she’s saving the world and she says,

“I don’t do this because they deserve it, I do it because I believe in love.”

And a lot of times these kids you teach, they don’t’ deserve it.

They’re acting like little turkeys,
or just not acting right
or they’re fussy
or they’re not appreciative
or they don’t know that you spent five hours planning that lesson and then it just crashed and bombed.

They don’t know that you planned something fun and then the teacher down the hall who always does worksheets and never does anything fun criticized you in the teacher’s lounge and kind of took the wind out of your sails.

They don’t know any of that.

And I know my friend, Todd Nesloney says kids deserve it and they do, kids deserve great things.

But sometimes, we don’t give kids what they do deserve — not so nice things — because sometimes they misbehave and sometimes they’re ungrateful and sometimes it hurts.

But I’ll tell you this, teachers, your job is so important.

Blessings of Broken Glass

And as I’m writing this, I am listening to my own son in the kitchen and something very large has just broken and I’m going to go in there.

But you know what? I think tonight I don’t think I’m going to fuss about it because I’m just reminded how short life is and even the broken glass is a blessing because of who’s in my life that broke the glass.

That means my son is home and he’s in the kitchen and he’s there and he can break the glass.

And people are a gift, people are just a gift.

And you’re a great gift to your classroom.

I hope you don’t find this too down, I hope you find this encouraging, I hope that you take some time to reflect and I hope you also listen to me.

Not Rested Yet

I’ve been out for two and a half weeks, I should be much more rested than this. Of course, I did start trying to run two miles again. I ran two miles Saturday and two miles yesterday and two miles today. And I’m completely sore and crazy and insane.

But I’m making forward progress.

But today, I was kind of down. And I decided, you know what, I’m going to get up today and try to help as many people as I can because when I help people I never have time to feel sorry for myself and my own problems and my own struggles and worries.

So I just want to encourage you. You do have a remarkable classroom and you are remarkable.

Heal up this summer,
get geared up,
listen to some old episodes of this podcast,
find some new podcasts,
learn some new things.

I hope some of you are going to ISTE. I hope to see you there.

Let’s just have a remarkable summer. And take some time to ponder on your remarkable classroom because I know and promise you some remarkable things happened this past year.

And if not, then let’s really try to make this fall and this upcoming year the most remarkable year we’ve ever had.

And it starts with you and me. We’re the apps.

And that is the remarkable thing.

 

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