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Today I learned a new teaching lesson. I paced my room for hours reflecting on what I have done over the past academic year...the one prior...and the one prior. Admittedly, I grew a little sullen when I realized that the place in which education finds us- t...
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In the last couple of years despite my best intentions, I have been a very poor steward of blogging. This particular blog is one of a number I have started and while I blog more frequently on my private blog, this address has been left blank for some time n...
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You know those things you love in your best friend that are also the things that drive you crazy at times? This blog post is for you!
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@jkylewood Elementary Teacher, Kieran & Aidan's Dad, Edtech & Sports Junkie
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The best compliment I have ever gotten is that I am an original. I am one of four brothers, all 12+ yrs older than me. At age 4, I tried to convince my parents that I arrived on Earth from another planet and had traveled the globe before settling in as their son. I haven't seen this box that everyone tries to think beyond since.

I have always felt the need- the expectation -that each of us are here to change the world. The status quo just is not appealing to me; I mean everyone else is doing that just fine. I would much rather do something else, almost anything else. In school, I was the brainiac, always pouring everything I had into the classroom while doing my own little artsy projects on the side. Not until college did I feel as though there was an education out there I needed to find even though I was in school to be an educator. When a teacher in one of my methods classes in my elementary cohort gave us Play Doh for a quick activity and let me keep mine (and the rest of my table's) to occupy myself while she lectured, I was elated. I ended class with a sweet sculpture, a new method, and all the insights she had on...at-risk students.

For 5 years, I taught in the school in which I was raised and as difficult as it was to return to my roots in a different role, I enjoyed it. For the next 7 years, I worked in the role of instructional technology facilitator. Unlike many around our state who hold the title, my position placed me in 8 different schools (and in 18 different ones directly over the years). It led me into the classrooms helping teachers integrate technology into lessons and holding professional development on Web 2.0 Tools, Google Apps, PLN's and IWB's. In that role, I enjoyed time spent developing courses, workshops, retreats, and presentations for nearly every department in our district. This year, I returned to the classroom where I hope to relocate the spark in individual kids.

In the evening, I become a 7 year old and toddler's father and superhero sidekick. We read, tweet, scavenger hunt, ninja and dream.

We have three rules, my sons and I...
1) Always do the right thing, no matter who (including Dad), might tell you different.
2) Always put others before yourself, especially when it's hard.
3) In everything you do, do it like no one else has ever even tried.

Genuineness, Selflessness, Originality...lofty goals.

Bragging rights
I'm, well, it's kind of a big deal, but I am actually a ninja....like HIYAAA!! and stuff.
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