It all goes back to relationships!
Relationships are the essential element in our schools. The old adage, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” is true especially in today’s society when kids are used to so much choice in their world. Also, in today’s busy world, it’s important for teachers and school staff to make positive connections with students. We must be intentional and taking time with these relationships must be purposeful.
Members of the Compelled Tribe have teamed up to share practical ways for educators to build relationships with students. As connected educators we also embrace the notion that it is the power of the team that drives much of what we do. How do you build relationships with those that you serve? See the list below for ideas to add to what you may be already doing in the buildings and districts in which you work.
The list will grow as our experiences and our connections grow. Feel free to reach out to any of the tribe members listed below to learn more about the power of our team and how our tribe constantly supports each other in our teaching, leading and learning.
Compelled Tribe Contributors:
Jennifer Hogan, The Compelled Educator @Jennifer_Hogan
Jonathon Wennstrom, Spark of Learning @jon_wennstrom
Craig Vroom, Fueling Education, @Vroom6
Allyson Apsey, Serendipity in Education, @allysonapsey
Sandy King Inspiring The Light @sandeeteach
Gary Kidd Reflections and Rants from the Asst Principal, @hinotewailer
Jacie Maslyk http://jaciemaslyk.blogspot.com/ @DrJacieMaslyk
Jodie Pierpoint Journey In Learning @jodiepierpoint
Jim Cordery Mr. Cordery’s Blog @jcordery
Allie Bond The Positive Teacher @Abond013
Angie Murphy ConnectED to Learning @RoyalMurph_RRMS
Karen Wood https://karenwoodedu.wordpress.com/ @karenwoodedu
Lindsey Bohler lindseybohler.com @Lindsey_Bohler
Starr Sackstein http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/ @MsSackstein
Debbie Campbell The Curious Educator @DebraLCamp
Michael McDonough M Squared at the Microphone @m_squaredBHS
Barbara Kurtz bkurtzteachermentor.blogspot.com @BJKURTZ
Stephanie Jacobs www.thisblogiswhy.blogspot.com @MsClassNSession
Michael Todd Clinton Motivated teacher blog @MotivatedThe
Cathy Jacobs https://cathyjacobs.org/ @cathyjacobs5
Reed Gillespie Mr. Gillespie’s Office @rggillespie
Molly Babcock Sweet Tea and a Live Oak Tree @MollyBabcock
Lisa Meade Reflections @LisaMeade23
February is the month that we place specific emphasis on honoring and recognizing the history of African-Americans. It is also a great time to look around and see who will be the change agents of tomorrow. That is just what Shana V. White (@ShanaVWhite) did during this short, powerful month of celebrations. If you missed the popular Twitter hashtag #hiddenvoicesofedtech, be sure to check it out and add these inspiring educators to your PLN (Professional Learning Network). This Blog Is Why it is my honor to celebrate the people who inspire me. Who inspires you?
It was a special treat to log in each day to see who would be spotlighted in this list of hidden gems. The list included a wide variety of EdTech professionals. You will find women and men, teachers, technology specialists, administrators, college professionals, authors, and so much more. Not only did this hashtag shed light on people, but also programs and honors that are available for educators who go above and beyond the call of duty. These are the professionals working hard every day to bring innovative experiences to classrooms, schools, and teacher programs from coast to coast.
Carla Jefferson, SC
Regina Schaffer, NJ
Patricia Brown, MO
Christian Padgett, GA
Rachelle Wooten, TX
Cicely Day, CA
Brian R. Smith, TX
Courtney Teague, GA
Shaina Glass, TX
Keasha Grant, SC
Darren Clay, GA
Keri Hennessy-Wilson, NJ
Kimberly Lane, TX
Nicol Howard, CA
Leon Tynes, CT
Chanel Johnson, GA
Stephanie Jacobs, SC
Marcus Borders, GA
Crystal R. Morgan, TX
Dr. Valerie Jones, GA
Dr. Elford Rawls-Dill, NJ
Summaya Knight, GA
Kali Alford, GA
Terri Webb, GA
Rafranz Davis, TX
Shana V. White, GA
This was not only a spotlight of educators, but also programs that you may have missed. In the past two years, I have applied for some and found it surprising how easy it was to complete the process. I know that as educators we may struggle with finding time for the 'extras'; but I have found the groups that I have joined to be motivating and full of ideas that I have implemented in my own classroom. Some of the ones showcased here include: Google, Apple, Seesaw, ClassDojo, Microsoft, PBS, and Code.org. This is just to name a few! As I looked over the various profiles I found myself asking, "What is that?" or exclaiming, "I didn't know about that!" Educators are a sharing community, so I hope that you find a professional connection here or become involved with a learning community that will stretch you and your students (or school). Finally, I am going to leave you with another resource that outlines some of the certifications that are available to EdTech educators. Spread the word!
Guess That Certification c/o Patricia Brown