Be That Teacher

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” By Barack Obama

This week I would like to reblog a post by Derek McCoy titled: Be That Teacher. Derek is an amazing educator that I admire because he is a lead learner, change agent and risk taker. I have had the pleasure of learning with him at #edcamps and conferences such as NCTIES. His blog pose inspired me and so I wanted to forward it to my blog readers in hopes they are also inspired as well.

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0050ec171fb4eff4365f729391c9ab38Teaching is hard.

Change is hard.

We regularly ask teachers to make difficult adjustments to their practices. Change talks come from all levels, central office, building administrators and from the teachers themselves. If we are going to commit to relevant and rigorous learning, we have to commit to real, regular and honest conversations with ourselves, and our groups, about what we are doing in our schools, what things need to look and be like, and then work we need to engage in to get there. Without these talks and commitment, we won’t realize changes in:

  • implementing teaching practices to get students to communicate, collaborate, think critically and creatively;
  • making sure students are future ready, whether it be college or a career;
  • changing not only how we teach, but how we think and FEEL about what teaching is and should be;
  • using different mediums or approaches, sometimes that challenge us personally…

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