Friday, August 30, 2013

"Tired" or "Inspired"





  "Tired" or "Inspired"

by Brad Waid 



Today, we find ourselves in a tough position.  We are constantly bombarded with both internal and external pressures that demand our time and make it difficult to stay inspired.  Whether you are new to your position or have paid your dues and have some grey hair to prove it, you can always make the decision to get inspired and do the right thing for kids.  

When you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, reach out and find the people who inspire you.  There are amazing educators all over the world and right next door! 

Through my travels and the world of twitter I have run into some amazing people and they are doing incredible things!  

Here are some of the amazing educators that continue to inspire me because of the work they do for kids. 

I am inspired by;


Todd Nesloney,  aka @techninjatodd who is doing amazing things with kids in Texas.  He's flipped his classroom, gives kids a voice and he is doing amazing things with Angela Maiers aka @AngelaMaiers and the "You Matter" campaign.  






Erin Klein aka @KleinErin - who uses Digital Work stations to teach kids how to manage the world around them, embrace technology and become independent global citizens, who learn how to collaborate to solve problems. 




Jessica Allen aka @jessievaz12 - leading a revolution in Chile with students  by reaching out to her International PLN so her kids can get exposure to the world and learn from amazing teachers no matter where they are.  She's doing it because she made the decision to take reach and do the right thing for her kids. 




Arin Kress aka @KressClass - Using the power of augmented reality to welcome  students and parents into a new building and making them feel at home and a part of a community...in just one night. 





Patrick O Shea aka @PatrickOSheaphd - an awesome professor in North Carolina who works on getting teachers inspired and trained on cutting edge technology (Augmented Reality included).  In addition, he encourages new teachers to "stay the course" because the reward of changing a kids life....stays with you forever. 

Kevin Honeycutt aka @kevinhoneycutt - who goes around the world inspiring educators, (myself included) that they can be amazing.....just by telling stories.  Story telling is our oldest form of teaching and Kevin is one of the best. 




Ingvi Hrannar aka @IngviHrannar - an Icelandic educator who works in a 1-1 classroom and proves that no matter how far away you and your students are, you can use the power of technology to get connected around the world.  





Matt Gomez aka @MattBgomez - who works with 5 and 6 years olds.  Showing them that they are never to young to learn how to thrive with technology and can become masters of their own learning. 




Andrew Vanden Heuvel aka @avheuv- using his Google glass to create STEM bite videos, where he makes you feel like it's just you and him having a great conversation over coffee.   After a couple minutes, you have just become an expert on "mixtures and solutions"! 



Rob Glass aka @glasr333 - taking a district from a crisis, to a change in culture and thinking! Inspiring teachers to embrace change and technology but stay grounded in teaching kids to become lifelong learners and leaders. 




Last but not least is the other half of the "Two Guys".  Drew opened my eyes to twitter and he inspires me on a daily basis.  Thanks Drew

Drew Minock aka @TechMinock - using the power of Augmented Reality and technology to send himself home with his kids....each night....so they never have to learn alone!  



So again, the Question is......."Tired" or "Inspired" ?


....which one are you?

I know what you can be.  You can be amazing! Get inspired today.....and inspire others!  Be amazing!  The ripple effect starts with you!

"Stay Connected"  

Brad Waid 

aka @techbradwaid on Twitter 
two_guys_and_some_ipads on Instagram

8 comments:

  1. Brad,

    What a thoughtful post! Thank you so much for including me in your writing. I enjoy having you as a part of my PLN. I have learned so much from you over the past few months. Additionally, I've enjoyed getting to know you and becoming friends.

    I am so excited to see what you will do this year in your classroom. I know it will be inspiring.

    Have a great back to school,


    Erin Klein
    Kleinspiration

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    1. Thanks Erin :-).

      I appreciate your kind words and your friendship. You were a big part of my inspiration to write this post and I thank you for that. I'm really happy we have become good friends and I can't wait to have you on our show Tuesday!

      See you soon,

      Thanks

      Brad

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  2. Great post! I am defintely inspired by you and all the amazing educators mentioned that are always looking for the best way to reach our students! By empowering ourselves, we empower our students!
    Curls and a Smile

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    1. Thank you. I really appreciate that. :-) It IS all about reading students and inspiring others. We are in a great profession and we are making a difference! Thank You for making a difference!

      Brad

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  3. Count me among those inspired by you and others you mentioned, many of whom I "met" this summer on Twitter. At this point I am a follower, not a leader, in tech integration, but I am paying it forward by sharing all the awesome ideas I've gotten. Using tutorials by you and Erin Klein and borrowing Matt Gomez' ideas for using Aurasma for introducing families to a new year at Meet the Teacher, I was able to overcome some obstacles and have a magical back to school evening. Please keep sharing and I promise to pass along what I learn. But first, enjoy a relaxing long weekend!

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    1. Thank you for sharing and paying it forward! That is a great way to share great ideas and make a difference!

      Keep sharing and stay connected!

      Thanks

      Brad

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  4. Thank you for this! I am always excited to find new teachers to keep me motivated. I was feeling a bit drained after my first day with students, but seeing stuff like this always boosts me. Thank you again -- I really enjoy your website.

    http://www.gamifymyclass.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you for your comments. I love connecting amazing people together and helping us all to remain inspired and continue to do what we love, helping children AND each other. Keep visiting and sharing. Thank you,

      Brad

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