Posts Tagged "influence"

Just how big is the educator community on Twitter?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Mixes | 0 comments

Pretty small on the scale of things, but big enough to actually register as a community!   I don’t know about you, but I think I’d feel better if the words that signified our community were more along the lines of “learning,” “teaching,” and “students.” What do our word choices as a community say about our values? via LaughingSquid. Also, just eyeballing it, we’re a similar size to the animal lovers community, but smaller than the porn community. I’m most fascinated by the country-specific ones, though, with a personal favorite being “rubbish, reckon,...

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Education needs more consultants

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Mixes | 8 comments

I spend a lot of time thinking about my job and how I could do it better. Two quick stories about how that’s been working for me this week: I met with my district science specialist, Sean Musselman, yesterday to talk about an upcoming fourth grade unit. We’ve actually not really had the chance to plan much of anything together since he started working here last year. All I really knew going into this meeting was that we needed to change some things up from the way we’ve traditionally handled it in the past from both a science and technology angle. ¬†He asked some great questions to get us thinking, shared more of what the actual science was behind the...

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Making a habit of audacity

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Mixes | 7 comments

And if you’re paralyzed by a voice in your head/It’s the standing still that should be scaring you instead/Go on and/Do it anyway I got a little (just a little)¬†pushback from a coworker yesterday for my recent blogpost in which I had stated that I had lied to my prospective, and now current, administrators. To refresh, when asked what job I was looking for, I described my ideal job, not the minimum one I would be willing to take. It’s a matter of interpretation of the question, I suppose. Also a matter of hyperbole. I use hyperbole more than anybody else in the universe as people who follow me on Twitter are already most likely aware. Here’s the...

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Trust #leadershipday12

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Mixes | 0 comments

We’d like to thank all those/all those that helped us out/all your invaluable assistance make this dream come true A little over two years ago, in what seems like another life entirely, I was in an interview with a superintendent for a job that I was most eminently not qualified for in any way, shape, or form. I was amazingly brash. I was most certainly doing my best to come across as more confident in myself than I actually was. How do I know that I was brash? I had exactly one job prospect at that time, the one I was interviewing for, and yet I still talked as if I so clearly deserved to be hired for this job which I demonstrated no real qualifications other than...

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Welcome to the Influence

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Mixes | 10 comments

And life barrels on like a runaway train/Where the passengers change/They don’t change anything Some of my favorite conversations with teachers revolve around some of the formative experiences they had that lead them to becoming the kind of teacher they are today. Sometimes these are experiences that answer the “Why did you become a teacher?” question. Those stories are interesting to me, but not as interesting as the nitty-gritty stories that demonstrate the growth stages a teacher would hit along the way. Sometimes these stories stretch back to childhood, and sometimes they happened in the relatively recent past. So to kick off the Influences strain...

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