Travis is a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Burkburnett ISD in Texas. He shared “ Going through the Digital Teacher Leader program, of which I’ve only finished one year, has been very beneficial. I’ve gotten the chance to look at my teaching practices, and I feel it has pushed me a notch or two higher in my teaching.”
How do you start your day?
Bible reading and prayer
Why did you become a teacher?
I became teacher so I could impact students’ lives and especially families as siblings move through my class during the course of their academic careers.
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
I like to use Assignment Builder to give the students the instructions, then to use the freedom that gives me to work with struggling students or to walk around and conduct informal assessments. My students commented they like the “Teacher Talk” ,mini lectures I give as the rest of the class works on an Assignment Builder task.
What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?
I see digital media as the new textbook. Even a video of average quality will engage the students more than asking them to read out of the text. Use the SOS strategies and even some of those tried and true textbook strategies because this generation is used to digital media, not books. Don’t see it as a problem, but a great way to connect students to the same information, just in a different way.
What advice do you have for first year teachers?
Students actually appreciate discipline. Don’t be afraid enforce your classroom rules. It makes you sweat at first, but oftentimes it is the students that push the boundaries are the ones who come back and tell you they appreciated those boundaries.
What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?
I look at Twitter nearly everyday, which I find is a gold mine of information.
What other organizations/groups are you a part of?
Texas State Historical Association
When you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?
I do endurance fitness, so training, mainly cycling and running. You would find me out on a road or train running or riding my bicycle.
What is your favorite kind of donut?
How can others connect with you?
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