Guest Post by Rachelle Dene Poth

I am very excited to be coming to Spring CUE 2020! It will be my first time attending this conference that I’ve heard so many wonderful things about. Being able to connect with educators from around the world, spend time together learning and sharing ideas, and making new connections is so important for educators today. I truly believe that we need to focus on relationships first and foremost.

For the first fifteen years of my teaching career, I kept myself in isolation. Not only did I miss out on personal and professional growth opportunities, what is worse, is that I limited the potential for my students’ growth as well. It was a choice that I made and one that I wish I could go back and change. As Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better, Then when you know better, do better.”

Now that I know better, something that I am very passionate about is sharing my story of escaping from that isolation and why relationships are where we must focus first. To bring our best selves into our classrooms and schools each day, we must be intentional about focusing on these relationships and working at them every day. Every moment matters.

Because I had a tremendous mentor in law school, it led me down a different path as an educator. Having that supportive connection, led me to see the role of an educator differently and experience the impact that mentors can have on students. My perception of what it means to be an educator today completely changed. It taught me the importance of building relationships. My motivation is to do all that I can so that I can prepare my students for their future. The best way that I can do this is by truly getting to know each student and learning and growing together.

Rachelle Dene Poth – Rachelle Dene is Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle Dene is also an attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a master’s in Instructional Technology. She serves as the President of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network and is the recipient of the 2019 ISTE Making IT Happen Award and Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education.

Author of ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking” and “The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead,” Rachelle Dene’s other titles include “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” and “Chart A New Course.” As a contributing author, she wrote a chapter in Education Write Now, Volume 3, and contributed to several editions of the EduMatch Snapshot in Education. Her blogs are featured on DefinedSTEM, Neo LMS, and Getting Smart.

In Rachelle Dene’s session Unreal Learning Experiences: Exploring and Storytelling in AR and VR, educators will learn how to integrate AR and VR to engage students and inspire creativity and curiosity. Follow Rachelle on Twitter @Rdene915 and Instagram @rdene915

Spring CUE will be in Palm Springs once again for 2020, hosting over 5000 education-minded and EdTech loving attendees at the longest-running, largest annual event on the West Coast. There are over 42 years of CUE institutional knowledge shared at Spring CUE each year – join us this year to change how you teach: CUE.org/Spring

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