I have been part of #IMMOOC study group since it started (http://immooc.org/). I listened to each of the episodes, followed on twitter, and read a few others blogs. I had also done a book study on Innovator's Mindset with a group in my division #rcsdconnect. I had also read the book on my own before either of these two sharing opportunities came out. I got so much out of each experience. I agree with the themes of the book 'bigly' (is that a word now haha). I feel that through my career that I have professed and practiced the #innovatativemindset, #growthmindset, #risktaking, and #relationshipbuilding that is necessary for growing in our craft. I have attempted to share as many of the experiences with anyone that would listen. Sometimes I have felt alone in my journey but I have been fortunate to have many experiences to meet like minded educators that have really inspired and kept me going. It hasn't been the easiest journey but definitely worth it. I have had so many great experiences due to following the path less taken. I will continue to go down this path and continue to share and listen. I really feel that I have become a better teacher and person because of this. I try to provide my students with the best possible experience they can have when they are in my class. I try to grow and risk take because if I expect my students to do that I must do so as well. If I ever thought I had teaching all figured out ... I would go do something else. The students are worth it and I think so is education. My big take away from this experience is to see the growth and momentum for positive change in education. The other day I tried something new by doing an #edubreakout experience with my students ... kids were engaged, working together, and active. I have some more work to do with this and see it as great learning opportunity ... more to blog on this.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.