In this episode of MEP, teacher, blogger and author Vicki Davis joins us to talk about best practices in teaching in the 21st century, about her book Reinventing Writing and digital literacy, and more. Don’t miss it!
Vicki Davis will help you teach with better results, lead with a positive impact and live with greater purpose. If you want to know what 21st century teaching looks like, many including Thomas Friedman in the World is Flat and Don Tapscott in Grown Up Digital mention Vicki as an example. The ISTE Online Learning Award, pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology, and Edublog Award for the Best Teacher Blog are three of the many honors she has earned.
Vicki’s two books: Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. The Cool Cat Teacher Blog, is consistently among the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. In 2013, Mashable named her one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers.” She has created more than 20 global collaborative projects connecting students from more than 20 countries.
Vicki hosts the popular Internet radio show of best practices for busy teachers “Every Classroom Matters” on the BAM Radio network. She has shared her exciting story at more than 30 conference keynotes around the world and through webinars. The Ignite Show named Vicki a “thought leader in residence.” Her articles appear in Edutopia, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and more.
Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator. She lives in Camilla, Georgia, teaches full time at Westwood Schools and is a wife and mother of three.
(02:01) Vicki’s background
(04:37) What makes a good teacher?
(04:56) It starts with your expectations. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
(07:18) What is it about successful teachers and their approach to work today versus 10 to 20 years ago?
(09:40) What is your opinion, based on your experience in a private school, and what is your experience working with people in public education today? How could it be better? What would your ideal working environment look like?
(10:20)The problem with over-testing is that typically most tests gravitate towards lower-order thinking.
(11:35) The problem with No Child Left Behind
(12:43) The ideal public school system
(14:36) On to your new book “Reinventing Writing.” Why did you choose the topic?
(18:15) Traditional writing and digital writing
(18:55) Using Prowriting Aid
(20:40) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?