More and more about connecting educators through social media.
What I really like about this article is the suggestions on how to keep your students connected.
Being that this is Connected Teacher month. Let’s take a look at what it means to be a Connected teacher.
This is one thing that I can fully get on board with from the US Department of Education. More to come on this topic, but for now enjoy.
This article is very informative and should be (or something like it) a part of every new teacher orientation. In fact, I can think of MANY veterans that could use this article to get informed.
Becoming a Connected Teacher is what it’s all about, and this article really breaks it down for those who may be a bit timid or simply don’t know where to start.
I wonder if this kind of thing is good for education or not? What do you think?
How else would you use the money?
Hello, welcome to my humble blog. I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Dennis Ray and I have been an English as a Second Language and History teacher in the Ogden School District in Ogden, Utah for 11 years now. In that time, my ideas about teaching, learning, and leadership have changed drastically. Ah, if I could only return to the days when I thought coaching was everything and teaching was something I did so I could coach! Alas, I have “drunk the Kool-Aid” as my colleague Jack Bice would say, and now on a course to leave the classroom and begin the quest toward educational leadership roles. This does NOT mean that I no longer have the desire to be in the classroom. I think of this more of like the next logical career step.
I got into to teaching because I love sports. I played baseball from the time I was 9 and didn’t stop until I was 23 years old and no longer had any college eligibility left. I also had a couple very influential teachers while in high school at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. They made learning fun and interesting. My first few years in the profession, were spent teaching in a way that I considered to be best practice for what I knew. However the longer I taught, the more my desire to be a good teacher outweighed my desire to be involved in sports. I admit, it is possible to be an excellent teacher and an excellent coach, but I also believe I CANNOT be an excellent husband and father at the same time.
Currently, I am the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) Coordinator and Educational Technology Instructional Coach at Ben Lomond High School. As this progresses, I hope to touch on a number of topics of interest. Of course PBIS, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, English Language Learners/ESL instruction, and Professional Learning Communities. If I am able to help anyone gain insights that will help just one child, it will be worth it to me.
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Can we afford to let this pass us by? Whatever it takes, we need to make education relevant. If use of technology in our daily lives isn’t relevant I don’t know what is.
Money has been and always will be tight. Can that really be an excuse anymore? With the lowering costs of mobile devices, and the exorbitant prices of textbooks, it seems to me that we can do something to make this a reality.
The longer we wait the more we diminish our students’ chances for competing in the real world.
Dennis Ray is the PBIS Coordinator and Educational Technology Instructional Coach at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah.