To me the "11 Man Game" is really about recognizing the power of social networking as professionals.
Here are the rules: (These rules were taken from my challenger @mrbadura.)
- Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
- Share 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
- List 11 bloggers. They should be bloggers you believe deserve a little recognition.
- Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they've been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)
11 Random Facts About Me
- I am 6' 6" (actually 6' 5 7/8", but that takes longer to say).
- I am left-handed and also married to a left-hander. (My two boys are right handed, but I am holding out for my daughter (1) to come through.)
- Golfing is one of my favorite hobbies, but I rarely get to do it anymore.
- Before a pepfest on the first day of school last year I shattered the backboard in the gym.
- I am a fan of Broadway Musicals. The most recent musical I went to was Wicked.
- I have built over half of the large furniture pieces in my house, including 3 dressers, 2 desk, a buffet, and a hutch. (However, my woodworking skills are still in their infancy.)
- I grew up on a small farm in the country. At the time I wished I lived in town. Now that I live in town, I appreciate the experience of living in the country.
- I am fiercely competitive, but age is putting things into perspective and causing me to mellow a bit.
- One of the most surprising gifts even given to me was a Duke basketball jersey signed by Coach K. Ironically it was given to me by my brother, who is a huge UNC Tarheels fan.
- I love to read. Although I like fiction, I find non-fiction to be much more interesting and inspiring. (Craig mentioned the book Unbroken in his blog post, and I would agree that it is one of the best books I have ever read too.)
- My favorite movie is the Shawshank Redemption.
11 Questions from Craig
1. What motivates you? Great question right out of the gate. Although I have moments of extrinsic motivation, I believe I am largely motivated intrinsically by the desire to create. The creative process and the ability to see a finished product in the end if very motivating to me. I spend much of my free time on woodworking projects and also like photography and video editing. I don't work on these things because somebody is paying me, I work on them because I want to.
2. Is the iPad a distraction in the classroom? No tool is a distraction in the classroom. A pencil could be a distraction in the classroom if the student chooses to use it as such. It is all in how you choose to use it or how you are directed (or not directed) to use it.
3. In your opinion, who has been the most influential person in the history of the world? This comes down to who is the most well known, as well as who has had the strongest and most lasting impact on people's lives. Although there have been influential leaders, such as Hitler, his policies and philosophies have not been embraced by people in the long run. However, individuals such as Jesus, Siddhārtha Gautama, Gandhi, and others have not only been influential during their life time but well past it. If you are going to force me to pick one...Jesus.
4. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right thing? Doing the right thing. As a father of three, I am even more cognizant of my actions in the hope that I am setting a good example for my kids. That being said, I do think doing the right thing often means doing things right.
5. What's one thing you have not done that you really want to do? I am not going to get very philosophical or deep on this one. I am a huge Duke basketball fan and would love to visit Cameron Indoor Stadium and watch a game. If I had a choice it would be a Duke-UNC game, but I would take any game.
6. What is your happiest childhood memory? I loved being a kid and am glad that my own kids give me the opportunity to relive some of those moments. Although this may not necessarily be my happiest memory, it is the one that currently comes to mind. My family always took a family vacation and when I was about 8 years old, we travelled to Medora, ND. On the way back we travelled through SD and visited the crooked house. Tons of fun.
7. What is best part about about your current job? Last year my role was altered to include part-time technology integration. It has allowed me to take something that I love (looking for creative ways to bring technology and creation into the classroom) and spread it to other classrooms throughout the district.
8. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Never trying! I have no problem with failure at all. In fact, I actually enjoy failure because I love the process of trying to get it right.
9. iOS or Android? I have been an iOS user and fan since 2010 and don't really have a desire to switch. However, I have not been blown away by the improvements to iOS upgrades lately, and at the pace Android seems to be improving, I would be open to a change down the rode.
10. Do you have a bucket list actually written down somewhere? No, but I have seen the Bucket List.
11. Why did you become a teacher? I love learning and I also love helping others learn. Teaching is a great way to do both.
11 Educator Bloggers/Teachers that have challenged my way of thinking, inspired me to try something new or taught me how to do something with something they shared:
Brent Catlett - @catlett1
Clay Reisler - @recessduty
Dave Burgess - @burgessdave
Dave Theriault - @davidtedu
Devin Schoening - @dschoening
George Couros - @gcouros
Josh Stumpenhorst - @stumpteacher
Molly Schroeder - @followmolly
Pernille Ripp - @pernilleripp
Russ Goerend - @russgoerend
Shannon Miller - @shannonmmiller
11 questions I have for my bloggers/educators:
- How would you describe your job in seven words or less?
- What was your favorite subject as a student?
- Would your rather watch high school, college, or professional sports?
- What is the last book you gave/received to/from somebody else as a gift?
- Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?
- What is the most difficult class you have ever taken?
- How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?
- Do you prefer to write with a pencil or a pen?
- What is the last board game you played?
- If high school graduation was determined by how students answered one question, what would that question be?
- If you could design the physical layout of your classroom, what would be its defining feature?