Challenge Your Mind at Teach This Way!

     It is important as educators to become lifelong learners.  One of my favorite quotes is by Alvin Toffler. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Technology is tool I used for instruction and is constantly changing. It is extremely important to keep with the times.  I am always stressing to my students the importance of stepping out of their comfort zone to grow.  As educators it is important for us as well.   If every teacher were just like me, what kind of school would my school be? I find myself asking that question almost weekly.  One of the many benefits of being an Apple Distinguished Educator is working with the best minds in the teaching profession.  Every summer for the last seven years I have spent a week collaborating and creating content with other teachers. What I learn from those experiences, I share with other educators via my website, iTunes U courses, and social media sites. Collaborating and sharing with educators strengthens the teaching profession. What good is it to teach innovation in isolation?  Collaborating is key for growth not only for students but educators as well.  Six years ago I launched this website www.teachthisway.com.  The site serves as a resource for teachers seeking to integrate technology into their classroom.  The website has a strong following of teachers from across the country. The idea to create the site was born after I attended the Apple Academy at Apple in Cupertino, California.  Apple had chosen 95 educators from across the country to come and learn how the iPad can transform learning.  It was a life changing experience. I learned so much from the teachers attending and the Apple staff.  I purchased the domain to create my own site and started creating content immediately. There is an immeasurable reward in sharing ideas and mentoring other educators.

​     If every teacher were just like me, what kind of school would my school be? I find myself asking that question almost weekly.  One of the many benefits of being an Apple Distinguished Educator is working with the best minds in the teaching profession.  Every summer for the last seven years I have spent a week collaborating and creating content with other teachers. What I learn from those experiences, I share with other educators via my website, iTunes U courses, and social media sites.