Twenty-one Goals Every Educator Should Make in 2017

How Many Have You Completed?

I love setting goals and making resolutions. I am always trying to become a better version of myself.  I want to be a better educator, parent, husband, speaker, and more. As educators we set high standards for our students and we motivate them to become their best.  We share and encourage resources to improve the lives of our students. We care passionately about their current and future success. We need to do the same for ourselves.

Each year year I write a blog post to inspire educators to become even better and consider accomplishing something that maybe they didn’t think they could do. I challenge teachers to do something that would benefit their classroom, their students, their district, and themselves.  Take a look at my list for 2017 and see if you found some that you already do and some that might be a real challenge. I hope you find this list inspiring.  I add to this list and change it each year.

1.) Build A Tribe: I want you to create a community where you can share ideas and challenge each other as educators. Your community can be created in anyway you like. Maybe it’s a Facebook group, a book club, a Pinterest Page, a Twitter hastag, or even a blog or podcast.  I really enjoy hosting my own blog.   (It could be a personal blog, one for your students, or maybe one for you colleagues.) Share the accomplishments you and your students are experiencing. Ask questions. Ask for help. Share what you have learned. Perhaps you can help olve a problem. Archive your best work. Build connections

WEP 0062: Dunk Tank, An Interview with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter

An Interview with Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-11-36-24-pmIn this podcast Kelly interviews authors Rebecca Coda & Rick Jetter about their hot new book Dunk Tank. The official title of their book is: Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank: How to Prevail When Others Want to See you Drown.

Both Rick & Rebecca are educational disruptors and forward thinkers with a passion to support ALL current & ALL future educational leaders (PK-20). Their mission and vision is simple: We must break the glass ceiling to eliminate the status quo to ensure equity for ALL students. Rebecca and Rick have both faced adversity in their careers and are willing to do whatever it takes to call out ALL the “elephants” in the educational room so that educators, political leaders, and industry innovators can leverage talent and work together to best serve kids.

51ifw-sibdlAbout the book: 

Have you ever felt as if a supervisor, coworker, or even your own school board was trying to sabotage you?  No school leader is immune to the effects of discrimination, bad politics, revenge, or ego-driven coworkers. If you’ve ever worked in such conditions, you know that adversaries can make your job as a school leader miserable. But even if you’re lucky enough to be thriving in your current role, you’ve probably seen leaders whose careers have been tanked by difficult and demanding circumstances. You may even wonder from time to time, “Am I next?”  In Escaping the School Leader’s Dunk Tank, Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter interviewed superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the nation who have faced “dunk tank” situations. Through real-life stories and by sharing insightful research, the authors (who are dunk tank survivors themselves) equip school leaders with the practical knowledge and emotional tools necessary to survive and, better yet, avoid getting “dunked.”

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot is learning and fun for EVERY Classroom

Become an Apple Teacher at the Apple Teacher Learning Center for Free. Great PD: www.appleteacher.apple.com

Rick’s book: Sutures of the Mind: Unleashing the Power of Mindfulness in 30 Days While Rescuing Your Spirit

Rebecca’s most influential read: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Rick’s most influential read: Exploiting Children: School Board Members Who Cross The Line by Matt Spencer.

www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com

Favorite apps: SnapChat, Wunderlist



 

WEP 0060: An Interview with Clay Reisler

Clay Reisler, ADE, is @RecessDuty on Twitter

copy-of-dsc_0967In this 60th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, Clay Reisler. You can follow Clay on Twitter at @RecessDuty.

Clay Reisler has been focused on instructional design and digital workflow in his classroom since 2008. With the opportunity to have a mobile digital device in the hands of every student since 2009, Clay has integrated a variety of educational atmospheres that engages and empowers students to guide their own learning. With over 1,400 published videos and 1,100 blog posts of students and teachers integrating technology tools in an educational setting, Clay provides an inside view of technology being implemented at the right time for the right reason.

Clay’s current position as an Instructional Design and Digital Workflow Support Teacher for grades 6-12 allows him to integrate multiple technology tools, mainly iPads, and strategies with classroom teachers across all subject areas so that students can critically think, create, communicate, and collaborate.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Dave Burgess Consulting: www.daveburgessconsulting.com: Great resources for finding educational books and speakers.

One of Clay’s favorite books is How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

Learn more about Clay’s work at: www.clayreisler.com and www.ipaddiction.blogspot.com

Clay and I cover MUCH in this podcast: the position of a technology coach and how it can really work, iPad as a testing device, iPad vs. Chromebook, Canvas, Flex Mod Scheduling, Workflow solutions, Flipboard, DoInk for iPad, Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Canvas, and the 4 C’s, and of course… so much more! This was a great conversation! Looking forward to having Clay back again soon.

Here are some great links to many of the talking points from the interview:
www.twitter.com/recessduty
www.flipboard.com/@recessduty
https://www.canva.com/ClayReisler
https://www.youtube.com/user/pcmstv1
http://www.pulaskischools.org/high/flexmod/
https://plus.google.com/communities/111864096175967703674
https://soundcloud.com/user-912923621/flex-mod-media-day
https://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592404049



WEP 0055 If You’re Going to Have Homework, Do it Better! An Interview with Brandon Blom

An Interview with Brandon Blom

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-11-46-14-pmKelly is excited to interview Brandon Blom!

Brandon Blom is the principal of Stoneridge Elementary School in Roseville, CA.  He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools so we can meet the needs of our students. Brandon loves how technology allows us to connect and create like never before.  Brandon has been a CUE Rockstar presenter, NAESP presenter, and keynote speaker. You can follow him on Twitter @brandonkblom, email him at brandonkblom@gmail.com, or read his blog at brandonkblom.com.

Brandon just delivered a powerful presentation at Skywalker Ranch for Cue Rockstar, and I decided I had to have him on the show.

This is one of the most important topics The Wired Educator Podcast has addressed. Homework.

Brandon is brilliant. Find out why he had a one year conversation with his staff about homework, and wait until you see the result!

Mentioned in this podcast:

Cue Rockstar

The app Padlet.

The novel, Wonder.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The app Chatterbox.

Google Sheets as a school day to-do list.

Brandon’s blog post on homework.


WEP 0053: Why Your School Needs a Moonshot.

The Importance of Doing Epic Things!

moon-landing-1920x1200-wallpaperIn this podcast, Kelly shares how he and his colleagues work together in a common TEAM time to make their school year meaningful and memorable for their students, and to make the biggest impact on individual learners. Kelly shares his vision for schools to do a “moonshot” to gather everyone under a common purpose and goal. This includes TEAM branding with silicone bracelets, a common slogan and so much more. Your school needs to do something so big it could be come legendary, or an epic fail. Fun and learning will result in either. Take a risk and join us on our annual “Big Deal” as we really, really need your shoes. Seriously! Give this episode a listen. This is an inspiring episode.

Mentioned in this podcast:

The Ask Pat Podcast and the SPI Blog and Podcast.

Your School Rocks! So tell people… by Ryan McLane and Eric Lowe: This is the book my principal read and started his video newsletter.

Apple’s iOS 10 Launch where our school, Oak Harbor Middle School was featured on the wall behind Tim Cook!

Swift Playgrounds a great new app for the iPad to help students (and everyone) learn to code in Swift.

Remember to join the Wired Educator Book Club.  Click here for more information!

Send us Your Shoes to:

Oak Harbor Middle School

c/o Kelly Croy

315 Church Street

Oak Harbor, Ohio  43449

Remember to tag your shoes with: where they are from, a quote, or who they are in memory of, or whatever you want!

Thank you.

 


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Kelly Croy is an educator, author and speaker. 

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