Hamish Brewer isn’t your ordinary principal. He’s got tattoos, rides his skateboard around school, and is a born motivator. His infectious and unconventional energy helped to transform Occoquan Elementary in Virginia from a low-income and immigrant school with low test scores to one of the top-performing schools in the state. Now, he’s been tasked with transforming the student population at another struggling school: Fred Lynn Middle School.
I have been on many sides of the educational world for my entire career. I first began working as a 5th grade teacher and later as an adult and higher education instructor, teaching a variety of professional development skills. When edtech was still relatively new in the market, I worked in a position where I had the ability to travel and educate teachers about how to integrate technology in their classrooms. I loved being able to see the early impact of edtech in classrooms and wanted to continue to bring that experience to others.
Small changes happen every day as teachers find new ways to integrate technology, connect with each other, and give students the skills the 21st century requires of them. These changes tend to grow into trends and, if applicable, best practices.
We attended ISTE 2018 in Chicago this past week and talked to a LOT of educators. A few of our team members asked teachers one simple question: “What’s your why?” Our team members captured a lot of incredible footage from the conference and shared the videos on our Twitter page. We gathered 10 of our favorite “My Why” for you here, representing anecdotes from educators all around the country!
Connected learners develop networks and shared learning. They use collaborative online spaces and social media and engage in conversations across the world, and they bring that learning back to the classroom. Educators should have the same opportunity.
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