- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: EdTechTeam (January 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945167270
- ISBN-13: 978-1945167270
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Wow! A must-read for anyone in the profession who wants to make a difference!" -Dr. Kathy Perez, Professor of Education, Saint Mary's College of California "Rushton lays out some simple ways any school can make it a place where innovation, imagination, and excellence flourish." -Steven W. Anderson, Educational Evangelist and Speaker/Consultant "What a great read! I kept switching my past and present hats paragraph by paragraph, wishing I had understood so many of the concepts earlier in my teaching career." -Aubrey Patterson, Superintendent, Lloydminster Catholic School Division, Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
About the Author
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning (NextVista.org), which provides a free library of creative, educational videos by and for teachers and students. He has been a high school Japanese language teacher, a principal of an online school, a teacher trainer, an educational technology researcher, and a school reform consultant. His graduate research at Stanford University included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills. In the 1990s his work with teenagers at a high school in California led him to begin using internet and video technologies to make learning more active, helping him reach students who had struggled under more traditional approaches. In 2005, Rushton began speaking at conferences to help teachers working to discover what digital media and other technologies could do for their classes. In the last decade, Rushton has trained teachers and other professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, presenting at regional, national, and international conferences. His fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, as well as professional perspectives in an ever-changing world.
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I believe this work is a must read for beginning teachers, administrators and anyone with a stake in making kids and learning significant in schools. Selfishly, I am going to use a lot of the ideas to make myself better in conversations very soon. I only hope I can do justice to discussing the main learning points, by modelling "talking with, rather than at"our teachers.
Love, love, love the book! I couldn’t stop reading
This book is perfect for individual teachers but would be especially great for a staff looking to get into how to make themselves better as a whole (with a dash of technology on the side). The truths (some of them mildly uncomfortable) presented in the book are immediately followed by multiple ways by which you (as the reader) and your school can make yourselves into exactly what *your* kids need.
The best part of the book for me, though, was the insistence on failure not only being an option but something that we need to do and show kids. I preach this idea to all of my kids all the time but practicing it? Not so much. Rushton's approach to not doing as well as you can is incredibly uplifting: get better. Do better. Inspire. Be inspired. Do cool stuff. :)
Thank you, Rushton. I can't wait for the next one. :)