Monthly Archives: January 2016

Now Google Knows

Having been enveloped in a Master’s program since August, I’ve found little time to blog. Sure, I’ve been writing. A LOT. Let me know if you’d like my insight on Critical Pedagogy. You can buy me a beer, and I’ll read you all the papers I’ve written. Being on my winter break from school and work, I decided to use the time to apply to Google’s Innovator program. You know, because I thought I’d add one more thing to do. I have no hopes of getting in, (it’s rather competitive), but I’m glad I went through the process for many reasons. First, being a glutton, I enjoy pushing myself. The process of applying involves creating a video, a slide presentation and answering questions on a “Big Idea” you have for innovation. What I didn’t expect is what the answer to one of my questions would be.

Question: Imagine you are able to have coffee with one person (currently living) who would mentor you in support of your vision. Who would you pick and why?

I chewed and stewed on this one for a while. Like weeks. Today, I just started writing. I thought I’d share this:

When I first read this question, I searched my mind for all the amazing experts I’ve read about on choice based learning and gamification. But when I really thought about it, I picked someone I knew: Trisha Sanchez. Trisha wouldn’t consider herself an expert on either, but what she is is a problem solver. Trisha and I have collaborated many times over the last year, and she always has an answer for me. She is one of the most positive and forward thinking people I know, always searching for more meaningful and effective ways to teach. If she doesn’t know how to do something, she figures it out. Trisha understands students, too. The projects she has done with her students are not only innovative, but purposeful and authentic. She strives for meaning in technology, not just flash. This is why I need her in my corner. I need someone who can see the big picture, but isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty on the nitty gritty. I feel darn lucky to know her and can beckon her on a whim.

It’s a great feeling to know your mentors are also your friends.