My Adventures As A High School Teacher

How I Became a Teacher

As an independent consultant, my job is to learn the tools and then educate others. I’ve been co-teaching a class at Sonoma State University for several years, I teach workshops at Santa Rosa Junior College, and have delivered many other day-long classes at a variety of institutions and private organizations in my work. I have taught almost daily for years. I have learned that teaching adults is very different than being a high school teacher. Continue reading

I’m Still Here

Have you heard the news?

I’m now teaching two classes of Business Principles at Windsor High School. The regular teacher wanted to work part time so I became his partner. The class focuses on personal finance, business management, some social media skills, as well as college and career readiness. These are all areas I feel strongly about and I’m beyond excited that I get to teach young people skills that will help them make the most of their opportunities. I get to impact their lives. It gives me goosebumps if I think about it for a while.

I will continue to teach the after school extra curricular social media workshop that I started last year. It’s shorter in length than a regular class but the principal is encouraging me to develop full year curriculum for the subject. Continue reading

Proud to be First – Social Media Teacher

Over a year ago, I was walking out of a board meeting for a non-profit organization and talking with a fellow board member. It so happens he’s the father of a woman I went to college with so we’ve known each other a long time. He asked what I’d been up to and where I was headed. I told him I was going to Sonoma State University for my Professional Social Media Certification class.

He asked, “Oh? What class are you taking?”

I said, “No, I’m teaching the class.”

Maybe he still thinks of me as a college kid though almost 20 years has passed since then but the look on his face was priceless. I felt like I’d “made it.” Continue reading

Windsor High Social Media Workshop for Teens

I’m pleased to be offering a Social Media Workshop for Teens at Windsor High School for Fall 2014. This ten week after school workshop is designed to: have students set goals; create a strategy and system for social media use; have a viable project or process at completion; understand the benefits, obstacles, and challenges of social media; and to have job skills at the end of the course.

Instruction Objectives

Students will create an actionable social media campaign portfolio project to be presented at the last class. By the end of the workshop, each student will be able to demonstrate the following skills and have higher than entry-level abilities:

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Social Media Speaker – My Coolest Job Ever

When I was a kid, I thought being a motivational speaker, the kind that got us out of class for an hour, was the coolest job. It had entertainment, performances, excitement, motivation, information, fun, and everyone’s happy not to be studying.

Now that I’m on a school campus doing just that a couple times per week, I still think it’s cool. I speak to elementary, middle, high school, junior college, or university kids whenever I get the chance. Sometimes it’s a career day, sometimes it’s about cyberbullying, saving the world with passion and technology, or teaching a specific social media tool like Facebook. The fact that I know they aren’t getting that valuable information anywhere else makes this my personal mission. It just never gets old. Continue reading

Teen Social Media Class at Sonoma State

Do you have (or know) a 7-9th grader that loves to spend time on their smartphone and social media?

I’m teaching “Changing the World with Social Media”, a 2 week teen social media class at Sonoma State University in July 2014 just for that student. They’ll get skills to turn their online time into opportunities to impact positive social change. They’ll identify how to make a difference in the world; select tools right for the task; set them up correctly; and learn how to stay safe online.

Read this blog I wrote about critical thinking and hoaxes and the web.

Platforms used in this process include: Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, mobile devices and more. Students pick a project, establish a strategy, set-up tools, and learn how to manage a social media campaign for change. Privacy and security settings, and protecting and building your online identity will be examined. Students will present their campaigns to their classmates and families.

No prerequisites.

Learn more on the Sonoma State Excel for Youth course description page. Registration page.

All Time High Record

Today I hit an all time high record – 67 speaking engagements in one year!!!

Many of them are paid such as corporate classes on Facebook & LinkedIn or keynote engagements at corporate events. Some of them are gratis. These I reserve mostly for students. If your school would like me to come in and speak on online safety or inspirational uses of social media and tech, I’d love to do so!

Since my yearly average is about 55, I’m gonna go rest my voice now 🙂

(Pictured: Yesterday it was a double header with TLT/SCOE students. Talking to kids is really my favorite!)

Professional Social Media Certification

I’m pleased to be an instructor for Sonoma State University School of Extended and International Education’s Professional Social Media Certification Course. I know it’s a mouthful but this material is in demand and VERY hard to come by. My fellow instructors and I are beyond extended to present to those that register. Watch this space as I keep you informed on the course.

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Telephone Trainer

It is not lost on me that my job is the modern equivalent of “Telephone Trainer”. Never heard of such a thing? They actually existed. You and I both will laugh that Social Media Trainer was a thing back in the day. (Don’t worry, I’ll adapt.)

Chuckle at the telephone dialing PSA from 1950.

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