Alan November talked about the research on what makes teachers captivating at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Educators Forum. In his keynote, he stressed the importance of the first five days of school.

Each year, I have my students evaluate and give me feedback on the “best of” and “worst of” the school year. In Computer Science, they always love taking computers apart (we call it computer dissection). They say that is what helps it become real and I've usually waited until January to do it.

This year, I've decided to start with the best first and see what happens. We are taking computers apart now and then leading into the history of computing, the parts of the computer, and binary numbers. To do this, I had to rethink about how we could back into the history of computing and I realized that if I have the students make a master list of all the computer manufacturers represented inside their machines and then research and tell the stories of how those companies started that the history of computing would begin to show.

You may be happy showing up to a job every day, but most good teachers I know want to be MORE. So, I've drafted up a list of what I want to be.

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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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