11 Attributes and Qualities for Success

My passion is education in all forms. You will find me in various places as a volunteer in my children’s classroom, teaching a STEM section of Camp Invention during the summer, and as President of  CO ASCD, the official Colorado non-profit affiliate of ASCD.

Last February, CO ASCD was nominated for the Yidan Prize of $3.5 million for our project, Framework 2021: A P-20 Vision for Leading and Learning. This project is an amazing tool designed to assist teachers in engaging students in real world applications of the state’s benchmarks for knowledge and skills, including applications that accommodate culturally diverse contexts. Even though we were not chosen for the prize, I was invited to attend the Yidan Awards Ceremony and Summit, a 2 day event in Hong Kong, China.

There, I met incredible people that know education must be redefined and prioritized to ensure that learners receive the benchmark skills of tomorrow.

In conversation with President of Tencent Holdings, Martin Lau and Peter Lewis, Mr. Lau stated a good leader and employee must have these eleven attributes and qualities that will lead to their success.

  1. Attitude & Character
  2. Motivation
  3. Passion
  4. Be a self-learner
  5. Not be afraid of failure
  6. Go deep into problem solving
  7. Have a mindset for growth
  8. Be a team player
  9. Be a good communicator
  10. Be well-versed in technology
  11. Be willing to go the extra mile (to serve the customer)

As you reflect on the eleven, I ask you if one is more important than the others.  Leave a comment, and let me know what you think.


Caffeine in the Classroom

Caffeine for kids, NO WAY…I don’t want my classroom to be bouncing off the walls. Wrong. Teacher, author, and presenter, Michael Matera, vlogs how he sends jolts of excitement, conversation, and movement into his daily instruction unlocking student’s natural caffeine of engagement.  


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Teacher, author, and presenter, Michael Matera, challenges you to capture the wonder and joy of using what students hear as part of learning. 

Take a look:

(This one is so awesome!!!!!!)

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Technology into the Classroom

Technology in the classroom isn’t just about using it, but using technology as a tool to help your students master skills and strategies. Dr. Howard Pitler, author, Things that Make Me Think blogger, and speaker, shares 7 classroom tips in how to incorporate technology in your classroom.  



Excerpt from original article,

Seven Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom 

Technology is not a substitute for quality instruction

by Howard Pitler, Ed.D.

Technology is a great tool to add to your teacher toolbox. There are an abundance of amazing resources available to both educators and students. If you are just beginning to integrate technology into your teaching here are a few tips to consider.

Tip 1 – First and foremost, a quality teacher begins by selecting the most appropriate instructional strategies for the lesson being taught and the specific group of kids in the class. Just as “one size fits all” really doesn’t fit everyone, a good instructional strategy will work well for some students, but not for all. Combining quality instructional strategies with appropriate technology that enhance instruction is the key. Technology will not replace a good teacher, but a good teacher who uses technology to enhance her instruction will replace one who doesn’t.

Tip 2 – Avoid Google searching, especially for younger students! Asking students to Google something without pre-planning is a likely recipe for trouble. Want proof, just Google Martin Luther King. In the results window, one of the links is Martinlutherking.org. Go there at your own peril. At the elementary level consider Kidtopia.info. At the secondary, level look at Infotopia.info. Better yet, go to Google SafeSearch settings and turn on safe search. Better yet, preload sites you want your students to have easy access into a classroom Diigo site and even categorize them by themes or chapters correlated to the text.


For the rest of the this post and tips, please visit the original article, at edCircuit:  http://www.edcircuit.com/seven-tips-classroom-technology/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=EdCircuit&utm_content=Seven%20Tips%20for%20Integrating%20Technology%20into%20the%20Classroom%20%7C%20edCircuit 





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