Hi, I’m Vicki Davis. I believe most of us teachers have the ability within us to be better. We want to reach our students. We sometimes just don’t know how. It is really not our fault. Most classes teachers take miss the point. That was me in 2005.
In 2005, I had been teaching for three years. But I didn’t really get what teaching or learning could be. My students were learning — but what? They were compliant but we didn’t have a relationship. There was a gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was made for more than this.
If I had kept on the same path, I would have continued just to copy old lesson plans. I would have been bored with my life. I never saw my family. I spent too much time at school. I wanted a great classroom. I also wanted a great life. I was tired of it all and thought about quitting.
Plus, two of my three children have learning differences. (Don’t call them disabilities. They learn differently. Period.) Simply put, I had to learn what works to teach kids because my own children would never be their best if I didn’t. As IT director and their teacher, I had to learn this stuff.
And when I did, everything changed. My classroom got better. My children learned better. And my life improved.
What I learned centered around these three things:
- How to use technology and be a better teacher. (Which sometimes means putting away the technology)
- How to build a better relationship with my students.
- How to live a better life at home by making key decisions at school.
I realized I wasn’t alone in my quest for these things. Many teachers want to be better teachers. They want to master technology that works without being overwhelmed. They want to have more balance and better lives.
Really, teachers are the star of this story. We’re all on an epic quest together. As I have shared what I’ve learned, teachers make up most of my 123,000 Twitter followers, have earned me top blog rankings, and 130,000 monthly downloads of my podcast, Every Classroom Matters,. I’ve spoken to 30 conferences and more than 50 events. I have written articles for Edutopia, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and all over the web. I’ve spoken at Harvard and Princeton. I’ve shared best practices in the US and Dubai, Qatar, India, China. Many major technology companies like Google, Microsoft, and Discovery Education have had me come in to help them understand the unique perspective of today’s classroom teachers and what actually works to reach students.
I have a knack for understanding new technology.
I understand how tech can improve lives. I like to make tech simple.
My books take a simple approach too:
- Reinventing Writing shares what I learned when I applied new tools to teaching writing. I focus on Google Docs, wikis, and the cool way collaborative writing can save time and get kids excited about writing.
- Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds is coauthored with another teacher. We share how to set up collaborative projects with other classrooms and how we created our ISTE 2006 Award Winning Flat Classroom Project.
- 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win was written to help other bloggers learn some of the tricks I’ve had to learn the hard way over the past ten years. It can also apply to classroom blogs. It will help you build your audience and focus on what is important.
The top keynotes and speeches I share build on my classroom experience. I also draw on my struggles as a Mom of two of my three children who have learning differences. (My oldest is now a senior dean’s list student at Georgia Tech. #proudmama )
Some popular talks?
- Differentiating instruction with technology,
- How to use technology that really improves learning AND works, and
- How to influence change when you feel alone in your quest to improve learning.
Scroll down to see my most popular blog posts.
I send my best stuff to thousands of teachers on my mailing list. I like to give them lesson plans and lots of free things. (Teachers like free, fast, and easy.) I’m now developing and sharing my best lesson plans and strategies on my online store. These help teachers make a quick copy and have a world class lesson plan.
In the end, I want to help. If I can’t teach others, I think I would just need to quit breathing. I love this profession and the teachers in it and the children we all try to reach. We teachers need to support each other and learn together. We want to live meaningful lives. Part of that meaning comes from supporting and encouraging one another.
Let’s travel this life together and create better classrooms and better lives! What a noble calling!
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My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, it might be helpful to start by reading some of the top posts that others have found helpful. I’ve separated these out by category.
I moved to a new blog website in September 2013, so I used the statistics from my previous blog site to get these.
- 89 lesson plans and ideas for teaching math – #mathchat
- 10 Ways to be a Terrible Teacher
- Planning to Teach from A to Z
- 89 Cool apps, sites and tools for teaching
- Finding Your Beautiful Moment the last week of school
- 11 Ways to be positive when your spring break is not all you wished for
- You may be walking wounded but Teacher, stay in the game!
- Facebook Friending 101 for Schools
- An easy guide to Gaining Followers and Being Followed on Twitter
- Simple Pinterest for Beginners
- Simple ways to use mood music in your classroom to amp up learning
- Why you should set soft goals for your classroom this year
- The Routine of being Amazing
- 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard
- 7 Ingredients in the Successful 21st Century Classroom
- 86 Productivity Tips, Tricks, and Apps
How To Guides…
- QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide
- 18 Ways to Secure Parent Permission to use technology
- A Beginner’s Guide to Tumblr
News & Trends
- Making the Case for Cell phones in schools
- Questioning Rigor
- 15 Wrong Ways to Implement the Common Core
If you’re looking for something specific, use the sidebar on the top of my blog to search. It is faster.
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