Brian Rueckert

Welcome

 

I am a teacher, turned educational technologist, turned teacher. Most of my career has been spent in the classroom, and most of my career will be spent not far from one. Above any other reason to be in this profession, it is the students who are central to why I do what I do. I truly believe that teachers have the power to change the lives of the students they reach, creating a generation of compassionate, empathetic, critical thinkers ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

I believe the use of technology in the classroom can have a positive effect on student learning, opening up possibilities that have never before been possible. I strive to integrate technology in ways that support instruction, not replace it. A classroom can be transformed into a unique learning experience when technology supports pedagogical best-practices, the content expertise of the teacher, and the established curricular goals of the institution. The intersection of these elements creates a true 21st Century classroom, giving students the tools they need to create quality, meaningful work today, while equipping them with the skills they need to change the world tomorrow.

Latest Posts

Embarking on a New Adventure

Embarking on a New Adventure

  When our head of school asked if I wanted to assume the responsibilities of our our retiring Registrar, I was very reluctant at first. The idea of tackling the massive puzzle of our complicated schedule as well as the never ending deluge of paperwork that comes with the position didn’t sound appealing. I didn’t think, flat out, that this would be something I would […]

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Is it time we move away from “Innovation Leads”?

Is it time we move away from “Innovation Leads”?

This is in response to one of George Curous’s recent posts where he argues that schools should reconsider the role of “Tech Lead”, or “Coordinator of Instructional Technology” in my own school. I understand his sentiment, especially when these roles have poorly articulated job descriptions and the educational technology experts and leaders are relegated to mundane tech help, fixing “…things in my classroom that use […]

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Adventures in Online Teaching Part 3: Slack

Adventures in Online Teaching Part 3: Slack

For this run of the Analyzing Data with Python course at Global Online Academy, I decided to move all course communication out of email and into Slack. There were a number of reasons for this, first and foremost being the domain was already set up by Instructional Designers at GOA; all I really needed to do was invite my students to the Python channel. The […]

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About Me

 

My name is Brian Rueckert. I currently teach Chemical and Physical Systems – our STEM focused integrated science course at MICDS; I am also the Upper School Registrar, handling all things related to course scheduling. I have over a decade of experience as a professional educator and am passionate about helping students reach their full potential.

fam

 

I’m married to my best and my favorite, Kendra, who amazes me everyday with her patience and love for our three boys, Isaac, Kenny, and Jesse. I love running, hiking, and the St. Louis Cardinals (of course). I’m an avid reader of fantasy, and have nurtured a long term friendship with a plumber named Mario and an elf named Link since the 1980s. I’ve also had a love affair with the guitar since my teenage years, and love playing and listening to classical guitar, fingerstyle, blues, bluegrass, newgrass, and T. Swift. At home you’ll often find me in the kitchen, where I use cooking and baking as a creative outlet to love on my family, or enjoying a homebrew or local craft beer (support your local breweries!).

I believe we should always be looking to learn something each day, and that every person we meet has something they can teach us. Thank you for visiting my site!