Jeremy is an instructional technology coach at Gull lake Community Schools, Michigan. He shared “I started using Discovery Education when it was still United Streaming in our district. The videos were easy to access. Now that we can organize them into folders and units Discovery Education is the first place to look for media and sharing with students in classes is convenient.”
How do you start your day?
My day starts much like anyone else’s. I manage to roll out of bed early, get my boys ready and off to school with my wife. I then grab a BIG cup of coffee on my way out the door to one of the buildings I work at. I often don’t make it in the door before being grabbed for help, but on some lucky days I actually make it to my office. I then plan out my attack schedule for helping teachers all over the district. Every single day is a new adventure!
Why did you become a teacher?
I actually have a Pre-Law degree. I changed to Elementary Education in my senior year in college. I was running the Children’s Ski Program at a local ski area when I realized that I did not want to be a lawyer and that I actually enjoyed kids and teaching. It kind of blindsided me. There is something special about taking a complex concept and breaking it down to an understandable process.
What is your most memorable experience with the Discovery Education Community?
The most memorable moment with the DEN was during my first DENSI (2013). It was during breakfast in the cafeteria. Looking around the table I was surrounded by the tech gurus that I had followed on many social media sites and tech conferences. There I was chatting with these educators that I admired and they were listening to my ideas and stories. It was then that I realized the power of the DEN. From that moment on I have felt a belonging and connection that is unlike anything else. The DEN truly is “My Tribe”.
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
I love teaching other teachers and students to use Board Builder. They all get so excited at its possibilities and how easy it is to use.
What is a ritual you have in your classroom?
Every 2 weeks students got to change seats. They always looked forward to this. I always felt it was important to give students the responsibility of choosing and keeping their own spots by friends. I also did Earned Time every other Friday. This was a time for everyone to get caught up on late or missing work. If students had their work all in and were not in debt (I had an economy system based on Badiner Bucks) they got to vote as a class what to do for an hour or so. This gave time for others to catch up on missed work or work their way out of debt. Once out of debt (15 minutes=1 Badiner Buck) or finish their work they could join in on Earned Time.
How are you involved in education aside from your role as educator?
I have been on the:
Union negotiating team
District Math and Science Curriculum teams
District Technology team
I have mentored 5 new teachers.
I write a Tech Blog (BadinerBytes.blogspot,com)
I present at many tech conferences each year.
Michigan’s EdTech Rally Advisory Team
What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?
We can not expect to connect with students if we are not teaching at their level. Relationships in classrooms are built on relating with our students. Technology and the digital world is what our students relate to and use daily. By not using digital media in a digital world we can not connect completely with our students or prepare them for life. I saw this quote on Twitter and agree with it: A teacher saying “I’m not good with technology,” better be ready to hear a kid say: “I’m not good with books.”
What advice do you have for first year teachers?
Know that you will make mistakes, we all did. The first year is all about getting your feet wet (sometimes literally) and learning what works. Know that every year is a new adventure. Also, listen to others, but be your own teacher with your own style. Enjoy your classroom and students. They are why you are in that room. Make each day as fun as you can and build relationships. Connections and relationships are what will make the difference in the long run.
What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?
Twitter (my favorite)
What other organizations/groups are you a part of?
Google Certified Teacher
Authorized Google Education Trainer
Common Sense Media: Graphite Certified and Digital Citizenship Certified
When you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?
When I am not at work I can be found doing any one of my favorite past-times. Chances are I will be cruising the back roads on my motorcycle, hitting the trails on my mountain bike, hanging out at the late show at the movie theater, or relaxing at home with my family.
What is your favorite kind of donut?
Mint Grasshopper…mmmmm…Mint frosting on a chocolate donut! Is there anything more perfect?
How can others connect with you?
Facebook: Jeremy Badiner
Edmodo: Jeremy Badiner