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What Drives You?

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I recently picked up the book Drive by Daniel Pink, a social psychologist. (I’m not sure why I thought I’d have time to read during the summer with three small kiddos at home, but I had to take the car to get a screw taken out of the tire so I actually got some reading time in.)   
I picked this book partly because I like this kind of research and how it relates to the brain, but a few days later, I got an email from my new boss asking me to figure out how to motivate our teachers to submit their paperwork on time documenting the work they have done introducing their colleagues to new types of technology.
Full disclosure: I haven’t finished the book. The main thrust of the book though is that the old carrot-and-stick method of motivation is more forcing people to do things and intrinsic motivation is the only thing that truly helps people accomplish creative things of value.
However, as we know, there are definitely things that have to be done, want to or not. To that end, there is a s…

On an adventure!

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At the beginning of every family vacation we took, my mom would always look back at us as we were driving away and say, "Well guys, we're off an an adventure!" It was cheesy, but we couldn't ever disagree. And an adventure we would have.


As I close out this school year and look forward to the next, I have to tell myself that I'm off on an adventure. After 5 years of teaching in middle school, and 7 years of teaching technology, I now have a job I have applied for more times than I have fingers and toes: ed tech coach. My official title is STEM Instructional Technology Specialist, but if I had my choice (and maybe I'll call myself this anyway :-)) Technology Integration Collaborator. Hence the name of the blog.

I've been in the classroom long enough to know that the terms "coach" and "specialist" among others can come off as being "better than" or I "know more than you" and so on, and I want to avoid that. I want tea…