Stretch Yourself: A Personalized Journey to Deepen Your Teaching Practice

Stretch Yourself: A Personalized Journey to Deepen Your Teaching Practice

by Fanny Passeport, Caitlin McLemore


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In this book, two award-winning young educators from opposite sides of the globe will guide teachers entering the profession on how to think about their ambitions; dare to take risks; and innovate in their daily practice of 21st century teaching. The authors will use the metaphor of yoga, which is all about process and practice, to illustrate their points. With this motif in mind, the book will be organized into three sections, each tied to an aspect of yoga: 1) Breathe, 2) Stretch, and 3) Meditate; and each section will be broken down into chapters exploring issues that all new teachers face, including: understanding and designing your emerging “you” through self-awareness and self-modification to achieve excellence; finding the courage to be your emerging “you” through self-assessment and planning strategies; the importance of taking risks and persevering in your practice; using tools available in the “edtech toolbox” to improve your teaching practice; tinkering, the importance of failure, and overcoming fear; the need for balance—and not overstretching; self-reflection and delivering feedback to students; and sharing your journey with others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564847485
Publisher: International Society for Technology in Education
Publication date: 01/14/2019
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 1,219,803
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Caitlin McLemore is the academic technology specialist at Harpeth Hall School, in Nashville, Tennessee, where she works to foster meaningful technology integration within classroom curriculum. She also facilitates design and innovation projects in her school’s makerspace and, in 2018, her middle school program was named a finalist for the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) STEM Excellence Award. She was named an ISTE Emerging Leader in 2017 and an ISTE Outstanding Young Educator in 2018. She holds an M.Ed. in elementary education from the University of Florida and is currently a pursuing an Ed.D. with a specialization in technology integration in K-16 education at Johns Hopkins University.

Fanny Passeport is an educational technology coach at Mercedes-Benz International School in Pune, India. She received her degree in ethnoecology in 2009 and carried out her field work in the Indian Himalayas. After teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in France, she moved to India to teach in international schools. In 2014, she entered the edtech sphere upon becoming a Google Certified Teacher. She received the ISTE Edtech Coach PLN award in 2016, was named an ISTE Emerging Leader in 2016 and earned the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award in 2017. Passeport blogs about the impact and purpose of edtech at

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Introducing Edtech Yoga 2

How Our Process Can Help You 3

Book Organization 4

How to Use This Book 6

Part 1 Breathe

Chapter 1 Envision What Might Be 21

Understanding and Designing Your Emerging "You" 22

Being Present Is Crucial 26

Finding Your Edtech "Om" 27

Rethinking the "Tech" in Edtech 29

Embracing Edtech Stewardship 30

Challenges for Learning 31

Visible Thinking: A Routine 35

Finding Your Big WHY and Setting Up Your Goals 38

Meeting Your Emerging Self 42

Chapter 2 Put Your Vision into Action 45

A Postconstructivist Approach 45

Embracing the Digital Age 49

Finding the Courage to Be Your Emerging "You" 50

Doing More with Less 59

Building Confidence 62

Understanding and Developing Awareness 62

Chapter 3 Share Your Vision 65

You Are Not Alone 65

Being a "Glocal" Educator 66

Who Am I in Relation to the Whole? 67

Forming and Shaping Your Network 70

Part 2 Stretch

Chapter 4 Tools inside the Edtech Box 85

How to Make Learning Tangible 86

Selecting Resources for Your Toolbox 87

Edtech Tools to Enrich Your Practice 88

Activities That Combine Student Standards 114

Edtech Integration Tips and Tricks 119

Chapter 5 Tinkering, Failure, and Overcoming Fear 123

The Tinkering Mindset 124

Thinking Outside the Box 124

Edtech Integration in Action 125

The Importance of Failure 132

Making Fear Your Friend 134

Chapter 6 Caution: Don't Overstretch 139

How Much is Too Much? 139

Exploring Minimalism 140

Balance-Less Is More 140

Taking Care of Yourself 143

Focusing On the Journey, Not Just the Destination 144

Part 3 Meditate

Chapter 7 Self-Reflection 155

Are You Ready to Change? 155

Forms of Self-Reflection 158

Reflecting with Colleagues and Others 161

Chapter 8 Meaningful Feedback 169

Prior Experience with Feedback 169

Providing Feedback to Others 173

Different Forms of Feedback 174

Receiving Feedback 179

Chapter 9 Sharing Our Journey with Others 185

Conferences: Learning from Others 186

Conferences: Presenting and Building a Network 187

Using Social Media to Connect 190

Publishing and Sharing Online 194

Conclusion 199

Appreciate Growth and Learning 199

Cyclical Growth 200

What Does It Mean to Be Flexible? 200

Farewell 202

Appendix A Quiz Scoring and Personality-Profile Inclination(s) 209

Stiff/Preflexible 211

Understretched 212

Flexible 213

Overstretched 214

Appendix B Glocal Project Examples 215

Appendix C Digital-Citizen Lesson Plans 217

References 218

Index 222

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