Those Are Some Big Pockets….

Believe it or not, I’m going to be brief.  Because my other posts are excessively long, in a Bill Clinton speech – meets Martin Scorsese movie – kind of way, I figure this will help reduce my overall word average for the blog.  That will subsequently lower my computed “Windbag Quotient,” if only slightly.  As in decimal slightly. 

I attended the iNacol Technology Convention this week in Glendale.  One presenter said something that struck me in its simplicity yet implication and truth:  “Many of your students have the totality of all of man’s learning in their pockets.”  At first I tried to figure the physics behind an entire set of Encylopedia Britannica’s fitting inside even a very large pocket.  And then my Blackberry vibrated at the same time my iPad pinged.  Ah, timing. 

Or, fictional timing for the sake of narrative drama.

Thinking of it this way certainly prompts one to re-consider our role.  We clearly are not the bearers or “bequeathers” of knowledge from on high, anymore.  But what are we?  Facilitators? Guides? Coaches? Inspirational Speakers?  Debaters? Prompters? Assessors? Or, all of the above?

You tell me.  And look, I’ve come in at 204 words.  At least that’s what my iPad word counter app is telling me.


Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Phoenix, Arizona

I am the Director of Outreach and Engagement for The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and certified as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2004. In 2012, I received my doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, however, I began my work in education serving as a para-educator in a special education program while still an undergraduate. My passions in the field include assessment and reporting strategies, the evolving role of technology, teacher leadership, and effective professional development that permanently impacts instruction. I consider myself a professional teacher first, as well as a professionally evolving lifelong learner, who is incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to impact the lives of children.

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