Posts Tagged "influence"

Disclosure policy

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Mixes | 0 comments

While in conversation today with a fellow blogger, I realized that since I moved my blog here to Remix Teaching, I haven’t posted a disclosure policy. In the interests of complete transparency, I believe that it’s very important that all bloggers disclose when their opinions might in some way be compromised. Since the last time I did this, I’ve built up an increasing web of schools that have hired me to do private consultation, conferences that have provided me with financial benefits and/or free entrance to events, and developers who have offered me free access to apps and services. While I have not nor do I ever plan to accept money or free things in...

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Permission to Fail #leadershipday13

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Mixes | 3 comments

  Administrators, do you want to unlock the true potential of your staff? Do you want them to blow you away with the amazing quality of their work? Then I have a simple solution for you: Give them permission to fail. Three years ago, when I was interviewing for my current job, the one thing I insisted that I was looking for was a set of administrators who would allow me to fail. I knew even then that if I were in a an environment where failure would be tolerated to some degree, I wouldn’t just succeed, I would thrive. Three years later, here I am. I have had some stumbles along the way. I’ve made mistakes and the kids have made plenty as well under my...

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Teach like Batman

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Mixes | 2 comments

Laura Thomas at Edcamp Keene asked one of my absolutely favorite questions of the whole thing during her Becoming Badass session (coming soon to a bookshelf near you!): Who are your fictional role models? What are the things they do that help you become a better teacher? The very first name that came to my mind was Batman. While I think Spider-Man’s morality (“With great power must come…great responsibility!”) has always spoken to me, and he’s always been the most relatable superhero because of his essential humanity (amazing that I would identify with a nerd hiding something amazing, isn’t it?), he still has superpowers that I can...

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Six years on Twitter

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Mixes | 1 comment

Six years ago today I joined Twitter. Like most people, it took me a while to figure out how to use it in a meaningful way, but when I did… It is not an understatement to say that using Twitter has had an amazingly powerful impact on the course of my career as a teacher. I was planning on writing up a grand story or two about how exactly Twitter has changed¬†everything for me, but I find in the moment as I sit down to type this that the immensity of it all overwhelms me. I’ll tell some of these stories some other time, but in this moment, I just want to give thanks. I would be a much worse educator today without Twitter. Thank you to the many, many, many...

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#edcamp is turning 3: a shared responsibility

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Mixes | 7 comments

We’re in the thick of the spring Edcamp season right now, and just weeks away from Edcamp’s big third birthday. Next weekend I’m thrilled to be a part of the organizing committee yet again for Edcamp Boston. But something’s been brewing in my mind for some time, and this post here definitely helped crystallize my thoughts and spurred me to writing. Here’s the deal: people all over the place have been saying they love Edcamp. Lots of people are looking for support in rolling their own in their neck of the woods. Which is awesome, and why we created the Edcamp Foundation. But Edcamp itself is bigger than the Foundation. It’s all of us,...

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