The silent (but most important) participants in NECC

Recent research shows that teachers who “put their soul into what they are doing” are getting better responses from students (Crabtree, 2004).

Allison Rooney, in her article, What Students say about Teacher Quality, says:

“students want teachers who care, who push them, who maintain a classroom that is conducive to learning, and who are sensitive to their individual needs as learners. “

We must never fall so in love with gadgets that we forget that our first love should be our students. If a student doesn't have the teacher's heart, gadgets will only be a distraction.

Admid the plethora of NECC postings, remember who this is about. I love gadgets more than most, but my greatest classroom tool for learning is my expectation, vigilance, and love of every student as a unique individual put here for a purpose.

Technology is the pump on the conduit of information flow made by caring.

Want to know more?

Crabtree, S. (2004, June 4). Teachers who care get most from kids [electronic version]. Detroit News. Retrieved July 23, 2004, from

Lovelace Taylor, K. (2004). Through their eyes: A strategic response to the national achievement gap. Philadelphia: Research for Better Schools.

Wilson, B.L., & Corbett, H.D. (2001). Listening to urban kids: School reform and the teachers they want. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

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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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