I introduced my dad in the first blog post, giving him credit for my boldness in trying new things with technology in my classroom, but that is not the main impact he has had on my development as an educator. One of the big things I learned from him was the never ceasing job of a teacher to make lessons bigger and better than the last time you taught them.
For those of you who are in 1:1 classrooms, you really need to check out Recap. I teach high school students, and my rural Missouri classroom is not 1:1 yet, so I have used it sparingly so far, but I see the power and possibilities it presents. Once I have an established way for students … Continue reading Let’s Recap That
Kids of all ages around Missouri (and maybe in your area and I’m just not aware) have been overtaken by the incredible urge to drink just over half of their bottled water and then spend the next several hours flipping it. Yep. Bottle flipping has become all the rage in my area. My son’s 10u travel baseball team spent lots of dugout hours all summer flipping their bottles. My son was a bit unhappy when I thoughtfully gave him a big sports cooler that could hang on the dugout fence, stayed cold for hours in the sun, and held enough water to get him through an all-day baseball tournament. He couldn’t flip it. Fortunately (for him), he got over that and quickly began to appreciate his bigger water cooler. Other parents began switching their kid over to the bigger cooler that could hang on the dugout fence. Bottle flipping, however, has not gone away.
If you’re like me and set aside as much time as possible during your hectic week to discover new technologies to use in your classroom, then you are already aware of the mind-blowing possibilities out there for us to find and explore. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming. While there are lots out there that I’m excited about (Pear Deck, Recap, etc.) and plan to share with you all, I want to start with a bit of advice or caution.
In this first blog post, I’m challenging educators to take risks. In life, I am not always a risk taker. I mean, I don’t jump out of perfectly good airplanes for fun, or swim with sharks on purpose, or even handle poisonous snakes. But when it comes to finding new ways to help my students understand concepts, explore their own creativity, make connections, or engage in my content in deeper and more meaningful ways, then I take risks. I’m a risk taker.