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Tuesday, September 17 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
What’s Your Mantra? A Guide to Empowering Teachers on the Road to Discovery

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If you follow the Twitter feed at a conference, you'll catch short, powerful phrases that inspire and make you think. Tom Daccord's "Failure is...mandatory" for instance, or Singapore's "Teach less, learn more". Having a "mantra" or guiding message in your head doesn't create change, but it can be an inspiration for moving toward change with a purpose. Mantras are a key tool in our professional development process. Learn how searching for, selecting, and evolving personal mantras helped to facilitate group conversations and promote personal progress.

Sidwell Friends School’s Lower School technology coordinator and a fourth grade classroom teacher will
share how identifying mantras related to teachers’ experiences and learning with iPads has created a collaborative spirit among the faculty, and inspired teachers to evaluate and challenge themselves to grow and take risks as they integrate iPads into their program. The conversations around mantras has lead to deeper conversations about our teaching, and public conversations via our collaborative blog, “iPad Adventures in Lower School”.

Come to this interactive session to learn how to inspire your colleagues to think big, share mantras and hear those of others, and start to focus in on the guiding messages that will lead your next efforts to achieve the goals and meet the challenges you are facing at your school. 

Co-presented with Leslie Younge

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Jenni Swanson Voorhees

Idea Coordinator, Sidwell Friends School
Jenni Swanson Voorhees is the Coordinator of Academic Technology at Sidwell Friends School. At the Lower School, her role is Idea Coordinator, linking technology to curriculum. She has been integrating iPads since 2011 with a focus on pedagogy and purpose. With her colleagues, she writes the iPad Adventures at Lower School blog. Jenni runs workshops about digital citizenship, learning with iPads, and other topics. She is chair of the NAIS 21st... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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