1. jmclean77

    Great post Norm, you really are inspiring to everyone to always be learning and always be growing. The vision you and the staff of Forest Green have for your school and for the future of each and every student is amazing. I look forward to interacting with your students and hearing all of their stories as they transition in to our building in the coming years. I look forward to more posts Norm!

  2. ccampbel14

    Way to go, Norm! You really are a role model for other educators as you jump in and get involved. Your colleagues, parents, community and students are lucky to have you :-)

  3. Lesley Cameron

    Great post, Norm! Thanks for sharing! You are an inspiration to all teachers because you model the importance of teacher development and the need to continue learning everyday. Thank you for all of your hard work and patience, especially with my group whose passwords never seem to be liked! I appreciate your help, effort, and time with our projects! Does this mean we'll be reading your own blog soon too??!!

  4. Norm Usiskin

    Thanks everyone. I feel fortunate to work where I do and with whom I do! I can't promise you'll see me with my own personal blog soon – but never say never!

  5. Jessie Krefting

    Way to go Norm!!! I would love to pick yours and George's brains about technology info. Sessions for parents as my LC6 team members and I are embarking on effectively utilizing technology like iPod Touches and Nintdndi DS' into our classrooms. We will need all the help and support we can get!!

  6. Here's the thing, Norm: You're not really having to learn any new tricks, right?

    After all, the skills that are important for your students to learn—-connecting with information and ideas, expressing their thoughts persuasively, giving and receiving feedback—-aren't new at all! I'll bet that you've been doing those things for your entire career.

    You're just trying to show teachers how digital tools can make those same practices and behaviors more efficient and effective. These "changes" everyone is talking about are really more about evolution than they are about revolution.

    That's comforting, isn't it?

    I try to remind myself—and the digitally hesitant teachers that I work with—that old dogs have already mastered the most important tricks. Our knowledge and skill is irreplaceable.

    Anyway…rock right on,

  7. Norm Usiskin

    Thanks, Bill. Can't say that I have considered things with that perspective but what you say makes perfect sense.

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