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Episode Info: Chris Wejr is a Principal and Teacher out of Canada. He talks about how we can do better. From awards to social media, he explains where we have the best opportunity to leverage modern technology with wisdom. Listen Now Resources -www.chriswejr.com -Dr. Ross Greene -Nursa Jenson -Edublogs -Skype -Google Hangouts -direct messaging -Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink -Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck -Self-Determination Theory -Ed Deci -Richard Ryan Introduction -Agassi, British Columbia -Principal for 7+ years -Teacher for 13+ years Personal Journey Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Biological Studies University of Victoria, graduated in 2000 Master's Degree in Leadership University of British Columbia Worked under Roxanne Watson as Vice Principal Took over as Principal Learned so much from other teachers about connecting and building relationships in the classroom Main Discussion Honor Kids with more than an awards ceremony Engage with parents to create and enhance community Tactical Level Uses Edublogs to run blog Focuses on Twitter to initiate relationships that are now more personal over Skype, Google Hangouts, and Direct Messaging Platforms Book Recommendations Favorite Quote "We can't motivate others. But, we can create the conditions for others to motivate themselves," Ed Deci and Richard Ryan Best Advice As educators, we are in a very fast paced time. Take a moment. Step back and reflect. Whether it is purchasing technology, or how we assess kids. Whether it is how we motivate people, we need to step back to some quiet space and talk with others in a calmer, relaxed environment where we can go to the heart of education. It is easy to get caught up in this Twitter Feed whirlwind. Teachers and Principals have incredibly fast paced jobs. We need to create space for others to have those reflective moments. Transcript Rob: Welcome to the Interactive Teacher Podcast, I’m going to introduce teachers to teachers who use blogs and social media to interact with students, parents, and other teachers. My goal is to get teachers everywhere to take their teaching to the next level. Let me introduce you to today’s guest. We’re here with Chris Wejr out of Canada. Will you give us a quick introduction of yourself and your school? Chris: Sure. I’m from Agassi, British Columbia. It is in the Southwest corner of BC, about 150 miles north of Seattle. That’s for the U.SRead more »

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