Laura Steinbrink, a teacher for 24 years, presents technology and instructional practices at workshops locally, around her state, and nationally. She is also the Instructional Technology Coach, Communications Director, Webmaster, yearbook adviser and high school English/Spanish teacher for the Plato R-V School District. Laura is the author of http://www.rockntheboat.com, a Feedspot Top 200 blog in Education, and she has published articles for Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook; Denis Sheeran, author of Instant Relevance; and articles for ISTE, ISTE TEN, Kahoot, Getting Smart, Wakelet, Classtime, and other educational related companies. Laura is also a contributing author in: Focused Environments, Stories of Change Vol 3, published by Connected Learning, and In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking by Rachelle Dene Poth, published by Edumatch Publishing. Laura’s work in the classroom was also featured in ISTE’s Empowered Learner Magazine, What Works: Sketchnoting engages students while building comprehension.
Hi. I’m a lead high school teacher who brings in new technology and teaching ideas to my school and district. I facilitate educational workshops focused on social emotional learning as well as the integration of research-based, innovative, instructional practices at the local, state, and national level.
In my spare time, I sing in a contemporary Christian band ONE, am a member of the praise team at my church, and I follow my 8th grade athletic son around to games or meets in multiple sports. When my musically talented college kid comes home for the occasional weekend, I hang out with her too. My maiden name is Ingalls, so I’m also a first cousin (three times removed) from Laura Ingalls Wilder, which means that writing is fun and perhaps a must in my family.
I spend a lot of my time helping other teachers in my own district, surrounding districts, and friends of mine in districts all over (thanks to conferences, Voxer and Twitter). I spend so much time helping others that I thought writing a blog might be useful. If I can lighten your load even a little, then my blog has served its purpose. And maybe, just maybe, the reflection and thought I put into the posts will also lighten my own load.