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Adventurer II

InstCarn Recap: Day 3 - AM Keynote


Be bold and think outside the box. Connect with your students on a personal level before pushing them to reach a new level of potential.


Session Notes

Michael Bonner: The Musical Magician
Be the change!
Awards day and mr grumpy didn’t get an award. Began de-escalation process. Kid kicked him in shin. Thought about quiting.
Education can be different if you are willing to step out of the box.
New class had very excited kids. Started this year with 70% below grade level.
Fidget spinners are the educational roaches.
Finished strong.
5 things to make change
What is your educational philosophy?
Media and culture have great influence
Equality vs Equity
Liberation is the best way
School Environment
School climate and School Culture
There are healthy and toxic school cultures.
Types of influencers
  • Believers are the big cheerleaders
  • The Tweeners believe & interst but not totally bought in.
  • Survivor are just getting through the day.
  • Fundamentalist believes that reform cannot happen.
Relationship before content
Doesn’t matter how much tech you put in the room.
You must know the student as a person.
18" from the brain to the heart. That is all it takes to make a difference.
Building engaging lessons
While brain teaching - memories are not located in a single part of the brain.
Adding culture to a lesson is like adding seasoning to cooking.
How many of the following do you know?
The Magic Sauce
What are you going to do to change your average place to an actual experience?

Additional Notes

I just wanted to add that this was my absolutely favorite Keynote presentation. Michael has a natural energy that is truly inspiring. I had to wait around and was able to speak with him for a few moments. He was as gracious, humorous and inspiring in a one on one meeting as he was on stage. He is the real deal.




*All of the content here is from my live session notes or straight from my memory. This means that I may miss something or be mistaken in my content. Please feel free to add to, put in context, or correct any mistakes by using the comments below. 

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Learner II

Michael Bonner was fantastic!  Great information and a great presenter.