It has been a whirlwind of a month already and it is only June 3rd. It has been an amazing week working with my Intel family in Phoenix, AZ. The experience to design, create and contribute to the greater good of the future of education has filled my edtech bucket. I am so very thankful and grateful to Vanessa Jones, Theresa Maves, Anne Batey, the entire Big Monocol team and Lars Lindstrom's video crew as a collaborative team we worked on an incredible upcoming video segment to support a game-infused learning series of online coursework. Cannot share any more at this time- but this content will be a game-changer of how we deliver ongoing professional development in the education world.
Working with inspired educators and incredible talented videographers has truly grounded me again this week, knowing that there are individuals in the edtech industry that constantly give 200%, never complain and contribute to a finalized product that will impact so many in so many countries worldwide. It gives me goose bumps! I just wish this same feeling of excitement and exhilaration for teaching and learning could be experienced by every single educator in the nation. So many educators are in dire straits right now due to extensive budget and job guts, and demands of too many initiatives and state mandated assessments- that it is so hard for them to focus on the good things that are occurring all around them. The many advancements in education that teachers and administrators are missing out on is the 24/7 PD of online collaboration from social media and free online conferences, the learning impact with their students of allowing creative choice and voice in their learningthrough mobile learning tools, and the opportunities of newly redesigned or refreshed classroom learning spaces to transform the learning experiences for all. The ultimate question- “How do we get these teachers out of this funk that cannot get past the policies, procedures and negativity?”
Well what I have to say about this- change your mindset! In order to change behavior we need to model the learning outcome we want to transpire in and out of classroom. It has to impact us on a personal and professional level- as what impacts you in the educational setting also ultimately impacts your home and family environment- so put your family first- to make change in your classroom. Model the family friendly behavior and safe environment that reflects a positive nurturing and caring family setting in your classroom daily. From your everyday caring words shared with colleagues, to students to parents with an emphasis of voice and tone reflection when you speak of “you matter” as good friend Angela Maiers would say. Words and positive gestures do matter, and a simple act of kindness from a friendly smile, to an active listening ear, to a simple touch on the shoulder can make a huge difference in someone’s life more than you may ever realize- so contribute to the greater good - change your mindset and take positive action!
Because all of you matter so much to me, I would like to share with you the opportunity to tap into many FREE learning opportunities this summer that you may not be aware of through the Intel Teacher’s Engage community at http://engage.intel.com and that further reach many other global PD events as well. Checkout all the amazing collaborative and self chosen learning opportunities to get reconnected with the importance of life-long learning and inspire your love for teaching once again. Hoping these resources engage you personally and professionally and prepare you for a highly productive kickoff to your Fall school year with your students!