- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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Making Your School Something Special: Enhance Learning, Build Confidence, and Foster Success at Every Level (Volume 1) Paperback – January 20, 2017
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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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Non-educators (like me) beware: Reading this might bring strong desire to be in the teaching profession, to try the alternative, interactive, cool ideas the author has presented in his book, and to experience the (I imagine) incredible satisfaction resulting from the life-changing impact good teachers have on students every day.
Rushton is a masterful storyteller and that is not lost on this book. He weaves in stories from his own adventures that help to tell a story or prove a point on what he believes is crucial in an effective learning environment. As an educator first, technology integrator second, I appreciate that his book does not preach to ‘try this new thing with technology’ or to ‘try out this new app or website’ -- the broadcast is to be open while crafting your own something special. These stories and challenges will meet all levels of need from the new teacher just deciding what path to head out onto to the veteran that feels he or she has seen it all. This is a great read to validate that you, as an educator, do have that something special and to inspire you to not stop there and to continually find new ways to broadcast your message.
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
~ Steven J. McGriff, Ph.D., Education Consultant, Silicon Valley, California