Friday, May 20, 2016

I Challenge You To Do One Thing By The End Of The Year

As you read this, think about the question above.  

What is one thing you will try with your students before year's end? 
Two weeks ago, I had the honor of traveling to the WYTECC Conference in Green River, Wyoming. 
It was wonderful sharing with everyone in the keynote and throughout the day.   
And very fun catching up with special friends and making new ones. 
At the end of the keynote, I reminded everyone change starts by doing one thing.  

That is all it takes to make a "Be the Change" as their conference theme one thing. 

And everyone has the power to be the change.  
In the afternoon, I shared Everybody Code: Teaching and Learning an Essential 21st Century Skill.  
This is where I met Shae Lynch, who is a K12 instructional coach in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 
Shae came to the Everybody Code presentation.  And she was hooked! 

She was inspired to dive in and kick off coding at her school too. She was inspired to created a change with her students.  
Since they were challenged to #Do1Thing with the #wyteccchallenge on that day, this would be the perfect place to start.  

She had her one thing!  
Listen to Shae's takeaways from the day. 
Over the next week, I followed Shae on Twitter, as she shared coding articles, her plans and showed excitement for her one thing.  
A few days ago Shae shared this video.  You just have to listen to what was happening at her school. 

She did it!  She was kicking off a coding club!
On May 17, they had their first Coding Club.  
I love the feedback she gave on Twitter and how Darin Anderson was right there to support her too!  
This week she shared the Code Surveys she gave the students who participated.  

Shae wanted to make sure her one thing was going to make the difference she was hoping.  

And just like the student says in the survey from the tweet above.... 
I would have a chance to change the world.   

Her students were empowered.  They loved the one, new thing she brought to them.  They saw the power in this. 

Shae was right....she was going to change the world and the lives of children with her one thing! 
I am proud of Shae.  I admire her for sharing her journey with all of us....for being transparent and honest...for taking a chance on something new.  

She wasn't afraid.  She wanted her one thing to make a difference. 

And it did.  

I can't wait to see where your one thing takes you and your students next year.   

We challenge all of you to #Do1Thing by the end of the year that will make a difference too. 

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