High school English teacher by title, idea wrangler/instructional designer/school change maker/student empowerer/head scratcher/fist clencher/belly laugher by practice, Dan Ryder enters his 16th year of teaching in rural college town, Farmington, Maine. A strong believer in hybrid approaches to problem solving, he informs his teaching, and his student’s learning, by engaging innovative ideas in art, science, education, business, technology and popular culture. In addition to his work as a classroom teacher, Dan directs high school improv comedy troupe, Mt. Blue Curtain Raisers, performs comedy with Teachers Lounge Mafia, and podcasts/blogs/tweets as one half of Maine-based Wicked Decent Learning. He works everyday to make the world a little more interesting than how he found it. - See more at: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/speakers/speaker_658754#sthash.OWgdonf8.dpuf
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