Are you a new Instructional Technology Specialist or Instructional Coach? Here's my #1 tip for you this year...

First of all, welcome back to a BRAND NEW YEAR ... a FRESH START ... a DO-OVER!  I hope you had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to get back in the saddle again.........  :)  I have been back at work for 2 weeks now and the cobwebs are finally cleared and my head is back in the game.  I hope you all have an AMAZING year and that we can continue to learn together!

If you are a new Instructional Technology Specialist this year, I have some advice for you.  I was thinking about this on the way to work this morning...

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When I was newly out of the classroom and in my first ITS role, I don't think I did this.  I think I was so fired up with ideas and knowledge and tips and tricks and I just started force feeding it to anyone who would listen (and even some who didn't!).  Over the years, I have found that teachers want to TALK.  They want us to LISTEN.  And when we can find an organic place to interject an idea or tip or trick, then it feels natural and not contrived.

I challenge you to BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with your teachers FIRST.  Ask about their kids, their summer, their new car, their new shoes ... and really listen when they talk.  Give them your FULL attention and follow-up on the personal things.  THEN you can start asking them about their classroom needs and how you can help.  If they trust you on a personal level first, then they will trust you on a professional level, as well.

If you ever need to bounce ideas or brainstorm or troubleshoot or visit ... feel free to give me a shout!  #togetherwerebetter  


  1. I am a brand new ITS and I love this advice. Thanks.

  2. I am a brand new ITS and I love this advice. Thanks.


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