"Tired" or "Inspired"
by Brad Waid
Today, we find ourselves in a tough position. We are constantly bombarded with both internal and external pressures that demand our time and make it difficult to stay inspired. Whether you are new to your position or have paid your dues and have some grey hair to prove it, you can always make the decision to get inspired and do the right thing for kids.
When you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, reach out and find the people who inspire you. There are amazing educators all over the world and right next door!
Through my travels and the world of twitter I have run into some amazing people and they are doing incredible things!
Here are some of the amazing educators that continue to inspire me because of the work they do for kids.
I am inspired by;
Todd Nesloney, aka @techninjatodd who is doing amazing things with kids in Texas. He's flipped his classroom, gives kids a voice and he is doing amazing things with Angela Maiers aka @AngelaMaiers and the "You Matter" campaign.
Erin Klein aka @KleinErin - who uses Digital Work stations to teach kids how to manage the world around them, embrace technology and become independent global citizens, who learn how to collaborate to solve problems.
Jessica Allen aka @jessievaz12 - leading a revolution in Chile with students by reaching out to her International PLN so her kids can get exposure to the world and learn from amazing teachers no matter where they are. She's doing it because she made the decision to take reach and do the right thing for her kids.
Arin Kress aka @KressClass - Using the power of augmented reality to welcome students and parents into a new building and making them feel at home and a part of a community...in just one night.
Patrick O Shea aka @PatrickOSheaphd - an awesome professor in North Carolina who works on getting teachers inspired and trained on cutting edge technology (Augmented Reality included). In addition, he encourages new teachers to "stay the course" because the reward of changing a kids life....stays with you forever.
Kevin Honeycutt aka @kevinhoneycutt - who goes around the world inspiring educators, (myself included) that they can be amazing.....just by telling stories. Story telling is our oldest form of teaching and Kevin is one of the best.
Ingvi Hrannar aka @IngviHrannar - an Icelandic educator who works in a 1-1 classroom and proves that no matter how far away you and your students are, you can use the power of technology to get connected around the world.
Matt Gomez aka @MattBgomez - who works with 5 and 6 years olds. Showing them that they are never to young to learn how to thrive with technology and can become masters of their own learning.
Andrew Vanden Heuvel aka @avheuv- using his Google glass to create STEM bite videos, where he makes you feel like it's just you and him having a great conversation over coffee. After a couple minutes, you have just become an expert on "mixtures and solutions"!
Rob Glass aka @glasr333 - taking a district from a crisis, to a change in culture and thinking! Inspiring teachers to embrace change and technology but stay grounded in teaching kids to become lifelong learners and leaders.
Last but not least is the other half of the "Two Guys". Drew opened my eyes to twitter and he inspires me on a daily basis. Thanks Drew
So again, the Question is......."Tired" or "Inspired" ?
....which one are you?
I know what you can be. You can be amazing! Get inspired today.....and inspire others! Be amazing! The ripple effect starts with you!
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