I have been a follower of Kasey Bell and Shake Up Learning for a few years now and have always been inspired by Kasey’s blog, podcast, and seeing her speak at conferences. With her new book, containing so many dynamic ideas, comes a renewed passion.
Through reading her book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic, I was able to get to know Kasey’s backstory. She reveals how she got started as a teacher including where her passion and her “why” truly comes from.
Although I have been a technology integration specialist in my current school district for over 10 years, the ideas in this book about true learning really have made me think about our true purpose as teachers. I’ve always known it wasn’t JUST about the technology tool, but as I approach the beginning of a new journey with a new school system, I am motivated to remember this myself. I realize I must focus on this aspect as I am working with my teachers and continue to encourage them to find the RIGHT tool for the RIGHT task or concept they are teaching!
From Kasey, “Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills students can acquire in today’s world!” That quote speaks volumes! The last chapter is a great metaphor for not only everyday life but our lives as teachers and learning/digital coaches. She quotes from scripture, “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 (TLB). This is clearly evident within human nature, and even in educators. So many of our teachers are nervous to use technology with students because they do not feel comfortable with it themselves. We are never going to feel comfortable and be experts with any NEW tool or topic. Therefore, waiting for the perfect condition is not a viable excuse. As teachers, we are there as a guide and to create the conditions for students to learn. I stand behind Kasey’s ideas in Shake Up Learning, and highly recommend this book for individual teachers or an entire staff as they continue to move forward to inspire students to LEARN!
Get a kick start in motivating YOURSELF to learn more through Kasey’s awesome course offerings including the “Dynamic Learning” course that goes right along with her book. She also offers courses to help guide you in becoming Google Certified at Levels 1 and 2 and as a Trainer. Follow this link to explore and sign up for her courses: https://shakeuplearning.teachable.com/?affcode=40199_agxg4zp6.
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