July 1, 2015
Vicki is a
teacher and an IT Director in a small school system in Camilla, Georgia, but she is connected through her writing, speaking, podcast, and social media content throughout the world!
This is her 13th year teaching.
She writes regularly for the website Edutopia and Vicki can frequently be found as a national keynote speaker presenting on a multitude of topics.
She is a
published author and has her own podcast on the BAM Radio Network called Every Classroom
to her podcast on iTunes and look forward to every episode.
Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step At A Time
Writing: The 9 Tools that are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever
She has an
amazing blog, http://www.coolcatteacher.com/,
where she expresses her thoughts about many different areas associated with teaching from
technology to classroom management and many topics in between. She also
connects the readers to many resources for helping with better teaching and
She also is
very active on social media, especially Twitter, where her handle is @coolcatteacher
Vicki is engaging and overflowing with incredible ideas for making the classroom experience unforgettable.
After talking with Vicki, I couldn't stop talking to my team members about her inspiring words!
I think that you will get just as energized.
December 10, 2014
an age old profession that should be attractive to people who have a knack for
business (managing resources, purchasing, marketing, selling, accounting, and
running a money making operation) and like to be surrounded by nature.
You may get
dirty, be surrounded by some amazing machinery and even have a few run-ins with
the wildlife that calls the trees and the brush their home.
Mike is the
VP of Stuckey Timberland. His world is the forest. He is a graduate of the
University of Georgia’s Forestry program. Forestry is a life career that is in
his family lineage.
hear Mike reflect on his career and his desire to be in the outdoors. He talks
about the business and the misconceptions that those looking in often have
about the business of growing trees for wood products.
I think that
you will find this interview interesting as well as it might make you a little
envious about Mike’s ability to be outside many of his work days.
If you know
a young person who is thinking about future careers, ask them to take a look
into forestry. It has a definite place in our future world, trained foresters
are needed, and the profession offers opportunities to be engaged outside of a
typical corporate office!
some links that can provide you further information:
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
University of Georgia: Forestry
Forestry (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College-Forestry)
Georgia Forestry Association
November 13, 2014
Over the last 10 years, the performing arts have often been
pushed to the side in the name of needing more math and science or simply cut
to balance budgets.
Whether its band, chorus, orchestra, theater, dance or a myriad of others; the performing arts have their place in our schools.
Students desire to study and perform in the arts often in
addition to studying math and science or other academic content areas.
The Georgia Institute of Technology has one of the largest
marching bands in all of the colleges and universities…and there are no music majors at
GATech. Hmmm ... even future engineers like the arts...
In order to protect the arts in schools it takes commitment
and a willingness to make cuts in other areas, instead of in these classes. It
takes becoming good at creative scheduling and looking closely at what the
students want over the classes they could do without.
What could you do to help
protect the arts in your schools?
November 6, 2014
Taking the classroom to another level is what experience education is all about. In this age of standardization and efficiency what has suffered most is the field trip. In the minds of many, these are waste of time...no way!
Most travels associated with studies create the desire within kids to know more! Talk about ramping up learning! There is nothing better than exploring, touching the past, smelling the wilderness, and getting just a little bit muddy. As a principal and former Boy Scout Scout Master, I experienced some exciting adventures...and was able to find the right teachers who took Scout trips and made them part of experiential learning!
Too often these types of trips suffer from financial cutbacks and political garbage...Kids need to have adventures and you can make them happen!
You make kids want to learn more science, history and other academics if you just take the time and resources to make these trips part of your school culture!
Check out these links to know more!
Don't give in...make these trips a part of the kids educational pursuit and watch the interest in learning skyrocket!!!!