My last blog post was about Trump and climate change. That was back in November. Hoo boy... if I could have only seen into the future to see what this past week would have been like. Trump's first week in office has been pretty brutal for me in many personal ways, but also in many professional ways. As a science educator, I see the current administration's actions of cutting off public communication with various science entities as extremely frightening. Science and scientific data must be made available to the public at all times, especially when our tax dollars are funding the research! I'm sick over this stuff, so I'll stop ranting now.
In other, more positive news, I was named "Teacher of the Year" at LASA yesterday. I'm pretty excited and very humbled. I have always been and will continue to be inspired by the fantastic educators and administrators I get to work with every single day. My mentors and colleagues teach me what greatness really is in the world of education, and they make me want to keep working to always be a better educator. I'm also so dang thankful I teach the most amazing kids in the whole world. Thanks LASA -- you've shaped me into the teacher I am today.
I've also been doing lots and lots of STUFF lately. So much stuff, in fact, that I've completely failed to keep up with blogging about it! This spring semester has been pretty jam-packed full of awesomeness. A few weeks ago I found myself in Savannah, GA for a fantastic NCSSS national board of directors meeting. Word got around that this is my 6th year serving on the board, and will therefore be my last. My term expires in November at our national conference in Chicago, where I'll be passing the torch to someone else to lead the Technology committee. It's been an honor to serve with such a professional and committed group of brilliant individuals from all over the country. I'll miss these guys!
Meanwhile back at LASA, we're very slowly moving towards our big technology goal of going 1 to 1 -- meaning that every student will have access to a digital device in all their classes and also at home! As the Campus Innovation Coach, I've been working closely with other teachers to gather feedback and ideas of what this achievement will look like at our school. Sometimes it's really tough convincing teachers that trying to bring their lessons and activities into the 21st century is good idea. Innovation take effort, but it's necessary. I've been finishing up my online training as CIC, and I'm most excited about beginning to spread the gospel of digital citizenship! I also got to make some pretty sweet memes for a project. I like this one the best. ->