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The pandemic may be passed but the lingering effects are still evident. Teachers and administrators are burned out. The thought of learning anything new, doing something different, or trying something else makes their tummies turn, their skin crawl, and their bodies turn tail and run! As coaches and facilitators, it is our responsibility to help them move through this and see the value of continuing to learn and grow as professionals. This presentation will look at various ways to meet those we work with where they are and help to push them forward. This is not about gamification (if they want to learn the game just adds to it), this is not about requirements (they do those because they have to, not because they want to), this is about finding that way to help foster that fire, that drive they had when they started teaching.
Melissa Fierro is the Technology Integration Specialist for Kankakee School District in Kankakee, IL, serving over 300 teachers, admin, and the rest with her own special brand of high-energy professional development. Melissa taught in the classroom for 16 years specializing in middle school math and science, with a project-based student-centered focus. As an ISTE Certified Educator, she loves showing and teaching others how to incorporate the ISTE Standards, digital citizenship, and a student as creator mindset into their classrooms, buildings, and districts.