innovate like a turtle

Innovate Like a Turtle

We teachers are too busy. There's too much to do! But eleven years a go, I hit upon something that works for me. I realized that I didn't have much time, but I could take 15 minutes just two or three times a week to learn and try new things. That is when “innovate like a turtle” was born. Since then, my classroom has changed. My students are more excited. I'm a better teacher. And as I travel and tell my simple story of powerful transformation, other teachers are doing it too with incredible results. Join us. It isn't that hard.

But what does it mean?

Welcome to episode 297 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Annette Lang and I discuss how her decision to “innovate like a turtle” has transformed her classroom. Understand how this can work for you.

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In this episode, you'll learn:

  • How can a teacher innovate when they have no time?
  • Does slow, steady innovation really work?
  • Can any teacher apply these principles and make their classroom better?

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About Us

Today's Guest: Annette Lang

Annette Lang@msalang has been a technology teacher for over 12 years, with a Master of Arts in Teaching. She completed her library endorsement and worked as a district librarian. She has taught middle school through high school. Currently, she is working as a technology educator to Freshman and Sophomores at Bio-Med Science Academy.

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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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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