“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson
What are you? What am I? How are we defined? Are you an expert (fill in the blank) teacher? What are you bringing to the table this year that you did not possess last year? More importantly, what are you modeling for your students (teachers) or for your staff (administrators)? Are you a educator by trade? Or a learner who shares their passion with others? Can you be both? So many questions. I have to admit, I have become disillusioned by the direction of school reform. Common Core, PARCC exams, value added evaluation, merit pay, and so on…. As an administrator it easy to become consumed by such things and not focus on what is important: Kids, learning, relationships, supporting teachers who advocate for students, following a passion for learning…. things we (I) forget about as the reasons for doing what we do. I have been out of the classroom now for 16 years, longer than I was a classroom teacher. I worry that I have lost touch with the every day struggles and exhilarating moments teachers experience with their students. So…..this summer I challenged myself to learn something that will benefit both the teachers and students of Paris High School. We are experimenting with a large number of Chromebooks this coming school year and I have committed to learning the ins and outs of using Google Apps for Education. I want to serve as the lead learner for the school community and be a “go to” resource for the both our students and our staff. I am determined to serve in my role as lead learner and to demonstrate my passion for learning new things to both staff and students. The picture above represents that I have passed the exams to become Google Apps for Education qualified. I am in the process of applying to become a Google Apps certified trainer. I am really looking forward to this year and continuing to learn about things I am passionate about and sharing them with our learning community! How about you?