Several weeks ago, I was fortunate to be asked to participate in the House of #Edtech podcast hosted by Mr. Chris Nesi. Chris invited me to share information about switching up staff meetings. I am honored to have Chris share his insight with us this week in 5 questions.
5 Questions with… Chris Nesi
What do you most want your students to take with them from your classroom, school or district?
When students leave my classroom I want them to feel confident in thinking outside the box and have no fear of being creative problem solvers. They should also believe that they are ready to contribute to the world they live in. Whether they are in middle school or high school graduates, I want them to be productive members of their family and society.
What are the most rewarding and/or the most frustrating aspects of education?
Currently, the most rewarding aspect of education is the feedback I get from people in my PLN who I have helped through the power of my podcast, House of #EdTech. The feedback from other like-minded professionals was expected but still unbelievable now that I actually get it on a regular basis.
The most frustrating part of education is the fact that there are leaders and decision makers who have lost sight of the end goal and that is our students. My passion is education technology and effectively integrating every classroom to some degree. There are people who make tech decisions for schools who simply ‘don’t get it.’
I am inspired to keep learning and pursuing a position where I have more authority to assist in the decision making process.
What advice would you give to young teachers?
I also want novice teachers to always be themselves. Don’t sweat the small stuff and get anxious. Life is too short to get too worked up. Also, have your priorities in line. There is nothing more important that the people closest to you like family, friends, and loved ones. Work to live, don’t live to work.
What has influenced your career the most?
The biggest influence on my career comes from two places. One, my passion for technology and using it to impact student learning. Two, learning from my professional mistakes and continuing to grow as an educator and never settling for thinking I am a complete teacher. There is always something new to learn and I embody the idea of the life-long learner.
As an educator, what are you currently focused on?