404: Teacher not found (a.k.a. Why Edmodo is a sub’s best friend)

Heather Betsworth

During student teaching, my supervising teacher gave me some sage (and ghoulish) advice:  “Make your lesson plans so thorough that if you died in a car crash, the sub would have no problem picking up where you left off.”

Did I listen?  Nope.

Come to find out, I should’ve.  No, Death didn’t hunt me down on I-75.  But when a medical emergency during my second year of teaching led to an unexpected sick day – and I had my lesson plans with me instead of at school – my kindergarteners (and their sub) were left without plans, without activities, without help.

Were people mad?  Yup.  And I deserved it.  Didn’t matter that it was a Monday and I’d intended to bring my plans to school with me.  I’d left another teacher stranded.  Which, if you are one, is a sin that ranks up there with reheating fish in the…

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The Tech-Enabled Educator Network grew out of a desire to showcase the work of innovative educators to preservice students and new teachers. While committed to professional excellence, most educators are humble by nature and reluctant to promote their work, even when it is exemplary. This modesty makes it challenging for new educators to learn from these educational innovators and greatly hampers the diffusion of innovation. Thus, the Tech-Enabled Educator Network seeks to take on the role of promoting the work of tech-enabled educators by featuring their exemplary blog posts, videos, podcasts, and conference presentations.

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