Help people and help yourself

I have a lesson for anyone wanting to relate to people at a conference from Watch Know Learn. I came in the Cybercafe at Edscape Saturday excitedly because I had just gotten a message that my son's quarterback sack was on the “Locker room Report” on WALB Friday night. I couldn't get it to play properly on my ipad for the life of me.

The wonderful lady representing Watch Know Learn said, “I have a wired connection, let's show it on the big screen.” and everyone in the room put up with me as I forwarded it to the right part. Then, as I found it, it was AWESOME! I screamed as he ran and it was almost like I was there — everyone else yelled with me. I replayed it one more time and then she offered to rip it with Camtasia so I could have it on my jump drive! I took home on my jump drive my son's sack and am now putting it on my ipad.

She didn't ask me to tweet or to say a thing, she just related to me as a person and met a need.

We need more people who do this. We are all people and when you help PEOPLE and relate to them as a PERSON, people respond. I've written about Watch Know Learn before and tweeted it so I know they have great free, organized videos for teachers. But now, I'm going to watch and keep up with what they are doing.

It is because someone cared about me as a person that now I care about the company she works for.

We need to see this more often. I also want to note that this is also how I feel about Sylvia Martinez and Generation Yes. They gave my daughter a chance to work at ISTE last year and they allowed her to work their booth and learn so much from them. I'm grateful AND they have a great way to help kids be technology assistants at the school and integrate STEM into their curriculum.

Just wanted to make a point. Back to Dale Carnegie – if you see things from another person's point of view and help meet their needs, you help meet your own.

– Written on my iPad using Blog Press by Vicki Davis, author, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds

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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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