On Our Way To Greatness

Reflections and experiences on how we are getting there...

Students are amazing.

Each year of my career I look back and reflect on some of the events that transpire in my classes, in my school, and our school board. With the rise of social networking, the education field like many others are closer than ever in their abilities to learn and share those same ‘amazing’ experiences.

I have decided to create this blog in the hopes of not only sharing my own amazing experiences, but to also touch on the ideas and thoughts educators have when it comes to more effective teaching. I believe it is our ability to innovate, communicate, and relate to the students in our classrooms and in our school communities that will drive this increase in effectiveness of student learning.

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I have the opportunity to share this Friday with colleagues for our board-wide professional learning day focusing on numeracy. My sharing moment will be in the form of presenting a couple quick sessions on introducing binary. Of course, in an attempt to mix things up and give some life to the session I will be presenting within the framework of explaining a joke — the binary joke. I know, I know…the approach could be good or bad. By the way, that’s binary.

The fact is we are presented with many binary decisions, answers, problems to solve in each of our days. I’m quite biased being a Computer Science-based educator, but I do believe that we have a role in exposing students to binary early in school. Why? Well, I’ve eluded to this briefly in my Haiku Deck that was created for my session,

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So here I was…two weeks until the end of my summer and where was I headed bright and early on a Wednesday morning? I was off to inspire.

Inspiring others really has to be one of the most gratifying moments that one can feel. You’ve given a viewer or listener hope, a new outlook/viewpoint, or reason. It is like a “super” connection or a chemical reaction that takes place in the moment. As an educator, you can tell when this happens; eyes get larger, the lightbulb face we all know, or the quick reaction of telling others around. In fact as educators, we inspire each and every day in the classroom. But does it have to remain there?

I was asked to participate in our school board’s Teaching and Learning in a Digital World (or TLDW) conference and I jumped at the idea.

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This past school year I took a risk.

The risk was to dive into Mobile App Development in my Computer Science courses. As educators, I believe we should take risks, we should go near that edge of our comfort zone for the simple reason that it is where we all learn. As models for our students we should be modeling the idea of lifelong learning anyhow. When we take risks, we receive feedback which provides us some insight into what direction we go next to improve.

I’m curious what your risks were this past school year? Are you taking any risks this year and coming out of your comfort zone? Feel free to comment below.

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