ISTE 2017 Reflections – Top 3 Takeaways

Another week being surrounded by 20,000 other educators is over and it is time to decompress and reflect over what I have learned.  ISTE is a large conference and there is a lot you can learn and take away.   #1 – New Challenges Keep You Learning This year I challenged myself to present multiple…

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Back in 10th grade, I started playing golf as my spring semester sport.  The three years before that I had been playing tennis but we moved to a different district, and they did not have boy’s tennis.  I had only golfed a little bit before then but it was a sport that seemed like fun…

Data Is Your Friend

Teaching is a very tough job.  You have 24, or more, students in a class 5-6 times a day.  There is a lot going on in the class and it is very easy to get overwhelmed when you are trying to help every student be successful.  Many teachers make this even tougher on themselves by…

The True Power of my PLN

I created my Twitter account in November of 2009 to connect with my own students and share out news articles or resources about science topics.  The major byproduct of this was the connections that I started to make with other teachers, whether they were teaching in neighboring districts or even across the country and world.…

Teachers: Do No Harm

Recently I was watching an episode of Scrubs, one of my all-time favorite shows, and they were reciting the hippocratic oath: DO NO HARM.  This is a great oath to follow even for us as educators.  It should be one of the primary oaths we operate by as we are here to help ALL students…

Production – Not Reproduction

While wandering around the Art Institute of Chicago this last weekend, I ran into a quote by an artist that spoke to me as an educator.  The artist was alive in the early 1900’s but spoke about the use of technology as a tool of production, and not just as a way to reproduce what…

Embrace the Teachable Moment

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it is still very easy for me to remember where I was and what I was doing on that day.  I remember waking up to the sounds of my AOL instant messenger beeping like crazy, back in the days when AIM and ICQ were the main forms of communication between…