#UTedChat Questions for 5/10 – #TeacherAppreciation

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

This week we have Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sydnee Dickson (@DicksonSyd) leading a discussion all about Teacher Appreciation. This should be a great chat so please come prepared to share out your favorite appreciation ideas. If you haven't already followed Supt. Dickson via Twitter (@DicksonSyd) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Who comes to mind when you think of an outstanding teacher (past or present)? Why?

Q2: Who influenced you to become a teacher?

Q3: What keeps you energized to do your best work?

Q4: How can we encourage others to join and enjoy the teaching profession?

Q5: What's your favorite way to feel appreciated?


Sydnee Dickson is the Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is passionate about ensuring each student is future ready and loves engaging with thought partners.

You can follow Supt. Dickson via Twitter at @DicksonSyd.

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Derek Larson

Husband, father, teacher, learner, tech addict, musician, and friend. J. Derek Larson taught 4th and 5th grades in Southern Utah for 8 years, absolutely loving every minute, before becoming the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Cedar City, Utah. Having completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis on technology, he feels technology is one of the most crucial aspects of teaching because of the way students are excited by and look forward to using it. If educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and help them catch the excitement of learning. This is one of Derek's goals as he works with teachers in rural districts across Southwestern Utah. He was awarded the 2014 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, an award presented to an outstanding young educator, in the first ten years of their teaching career, who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. He also received the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in October of 2016. Earning the CETL certification helps education technology leaders demonstrate they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st-century learning environments in their school districts. More recently, Derek earned the Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2 along with his Google Certified Administrator certifications, showcasing his ability to effectively use the G-Suite toolset as well as effectively administer the back-end of the G-Suite productivity system. Derek is a moderator for #UTedChat, an education Twitter chat focused on Utah educators which happens every Wednesday @ 9 pm MDT. Come on by and join the conversation, non-Utahns are welcome as well. He is serving his 5th year as a member of the UCET Board where he is the currently working as the Public Relations Director. Derek has three kids and a wonderful wife who help him stay grounded in the things that matter most. He loves spending time with them in the mountains where he is reminded of the need to unplug occasionally to make sure he is the best person he can be.

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