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Who Doesn't Wanna be Like Mike?

Hey <<First Name>>  How can the words teaching and Michael Jordan fit in the same sentence?

I think you and Michael Jordan have a lot in common.

Most sports fans believe Jordan's 1994 attempt to become a professional baseball player was a failure. And, when compared to his basketball career, you can understand why they say this.

But he was able to hold his own as a minor league baseball player after a 15+ year break from organized baseball. Is that a failure?

This reminds me of teachers right now. Seriously, hear me out: we have spent years honing our craft in our classrooms, just like Jordan did on the basketball court. And we’re really good at it.

But this year, we are Michael Jordan playing baseball. We were at the top of our face-to-face teaching game, but were forced, by circumstances out of anyone’s control, to play a new game.

Jordan was pretty good at baseball without much preparation because of his athleticism and work ethic. We're pretty good at remote or concurrent teaching without much preparation because of our skills and knowledge.

Jordan got better every day. Some believe that he could've made it on a major league roster with more practice.

As remote or concurrent teachers, we get better every day. I bet we could be rockstars at it with more practice.

We never found out if Jordan would've made it in the Majors, because he went back to the game of basketball… and dominated.

And the good news is that we will get to do the same. Someday, we’ll be back on the metaphorical basketball court hoisting trophies above our heads.

So, when your concurrent lesson doesn’t go as well as you had hoped, just tell yourself “I am Michael Jordan playing baseball, but soon, I’ll be Michael Jordan playing basketball again.”

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In this episode, Dr. Natasha Rachell joins me for lots of laughs, but also to share some of her strategies for making instruction engaging.

Natasha shares about student choice, choice boards, the Flipgrid Discovery Library, Microsoft Sway, Wakelet, Mentimeter, Buncee, and the awesome Minecraft Good Trouble project!

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Have a great weekend everyone! 

P.S. Did you enjoy the anecdote above about Michael Jordan? You can hear me elaborate on it in this week's podcast episode!
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