Seven Habits of SMART Exemplary Educators
SMART defines a SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) as a “dedicated teacher, technology coordinator or administrator who leads the way in using SMART products to engage students and improve learning outcomes.” While this description certainly fits, the educators who apply for this program are so much more than that. Every interaction with SEEs is like motivational rocket fuel for us here at SMART – we love them, respect them and value this exceptional group of educators immensely. In other words, they rock!
Our experience with SEEs over the last decade tells us that they are change agents who transform learning with actions big and small. SEEs are not just tech enthusiasts – they are motivated to discover how these tools positively impact learners. They embrace technology as a daily, embedded part of learning. It is also a key component of their professional development.
We recently polled members of our SMART Exemplary Educator community and below you’ll find seven common habits that they all share.
- Exude passion. If you connect with a SEE online, at a conference or in a training event, you have experienced his or her infectious enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
- Connect often. They have an open door and a collaborative spirit. SEEs are interested in connecting and sharing – whether that person is across the hall or in another country. Many embrace social media, nings and blogs. Some have created online communities including SMART Board Revolution and Smart Inclusion.
- Be fearless. SEEs tinker, experiment and take risks. They are beta testers, early adopters and, most importantly, not afraid to let their students use technology. They can be as experimental with tech tools as the digital natives that they aim to inspire.
- Champion adaptation. They are expert treasure-hunters who can adapt resources from various sources, including SMART Exchange, to meet the needs of their learners. SEEs leverage a variety of resources to ensure students receive engaging and interactive instruction.
- Lead (with kindness). SEEs are peer teachers, cheerleaders and coaches. They model best practices well and often, inspiring others to embed technology into daily curriculum. SEEs often share their resources and expertise with great generosity.
- Embrace lifelong learning. SEEs are curious explorers rather than all-knowing, “Yoda-like” sages. They are as enthusiastic to learn from others as they are to share their own expertise.
- Advocate for change. This group includes individuals whose ideas and practices have influenced decisions within their own schools, districts and beyond. Some education organizations and government agencies even follow SEEs on Twitter.
Do you embrace these seven habits in your teaching? Do you want to make the case for another habit that we missed? Share with the community!