Be the Original


I am reading #edchat on Flipboard tonight on my iPad.
Read some Twitter.
Read Google Reader.


Mostly it sounds like echoes.

Who is going to be the original?
The contrarian?

Some people pride themselves for reading everything written in the edublogosphere.


Sometimes it is good to unplug and write something different.
Be different.

Cyberbullying. The new Google notebook. Facebook in schools. Twitter.

In the grand scheme of things, if we encouraged every teacher to smile at their students and call them by name as they enter school tomorrow – that would do more to improve education than a campaign to get every teacher on Twitter.

My friend Angela Maiers tells me that her research has shown if a teacher rearranges their k-5th grade bookshelf with the covers facing out into the room that more students will read.


We need more complete, authentic original people. Be real.

Everything about improving the classroom isn't about technology. Tech is cool. Tech is useful. Tech is not the salvation of the world.

Paper wasn't.

Calculators weren't.

The xerox machine wasn't either.

Few things can beat hard work by a savvy teacher who loves her students.

Don't stress out. Keep the main thing the main thing.

Do your best. Love the kids.

And if you feel like writing about how taking kids outside to read or popping popcorn to eat as you talked about today's novel or that cool new app on your iPad. Write. Share.

Some times it is ok to echo, it happens accidentally sometimes. But if you only retweet, you only repeat. Quote yourself for a change.

Be your beautiful, magical wonderful self.

If you love your students, have a good plan for tomorrow and are heading into the classroom with a good attitude ready to teach – put a bow on your head.

You are a gift. Be noble. Be you.

Teachers, you are a gift to mankind and it is a joy to be among some of the most noble souls to inhabit this planet.

To heck with the few out there who besmirch the name of teachers. The overwhelming majority of you are gold.

Time will tell.
Students will tell.
But right now it is time for you to finish the school year well.

Let's go into the sunset of this school year with our faces to the breeze of a life well lived. :-)

– Posted using BlogPress from Vicki's iPad

This is a repost of a blog deleted in Blogger's problems this week. See Lost and Found When Blogger Went Down.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mavis Hoffman May 12, 2011 - 1:22 am

Exactly the message I needed today. Thanks.

coolcatteacher May 12, 2011 - 1:34 am

It was for you, then, Mavis! I don’t usually write at night but I felt it as I read and was inundated on twitter. About to get offline and take a hot bath!

Vicki Davis
Sent from my iPad

Carnett May 12, 2011 - 2:18 am


Stephen Downes May 12, 2011 - 12:51 pm

> Who is going to be the original?

> The contrarian?

Me! :)

coolcatteacher May 12, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Stephen, you are definitely an original! And a contrarian! That is why you
have a special place in my flipboard.

Vicki A. Davis
Twitter: @coolcatteacher

Lisa M. May 12, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Lovely! I greet them each morning, and high five them in the afternoon, no matter how much they got on my nerves! And I always say , “Tomorrow”, and they know it means a fresh start. :)

PkgBackup 4.3.5 May 12, 2011 - 4:13 pm

what a topic that was

coolcatteacher May 12, 2011 - 4:41 pm

I love it! How wonderful! Sounds like you’re doing well being an original.

Catherine May 12, 2011 - 5:09 pm

love it!

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