This week has been a whirlwind adventure in learning. Today I taught the first session of a grad class on Technology infusion which wraps up a week where I attended and presented at University School of Milwaukee's first ever Summer Spark Conference organized by the amazing staff including Chuck Taft @chucktaft. It was an amazing experience which included an phenomenal keynote by Dave Burgess and opportunities to connect with members of my PLN like Heidi Jones, Sandy Otto, Matt Miller, to name a few. I don't want to slight anyone who was there and I connected with, just didn't want to take up the entire post listing the dozens of people I was able to spend time learning with.
I am thankful for the efforts of those who organized and helped make the conference an amazing experience for all who attended. I appreciate the opportunity to share some of my ideas with those who attended my sessions on digital storytelling. It was great to hear how others could see using ideas in their own classroom.
I chose a diverse path in my sessions for the two days. I went to technology sessions, leadership, and even skipped a formal session to converse with other teachers as well as great conversations at dinner. I am always impressed with teachers who make a conscious choice to give up there time to connect and learn. How many other professions do people so freely give up their time and talents to learn and grow.
The conversations I was able to participate in brought up a variety of topics, but the overall theme that I am able to take away has been about improving schools and our own classroom environment. As we continue to expand our educational knowledge, we have a responsibility to help others grow for the sake of all of our students. Tonight we are looking at improvement.
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Q1 What is one thing you would change about the current state of education? #sstlap
Q2 looking at Q1 what ideas for change are out of your control? Which are things you can help make happen? #sstlap
Q3 For hose in Q2 what will you do to make change in the system? In your own district school & classroom? #sstlap
Q4 What are the hurdles to educational change? How can we leap over these obstacles? #sstlap
Q5 If there are things you don't like about education what have you done to make those changes or why haven't you used your voice? #sstlap
Q6 What are the best things about education? What are things outsiders don't understand-should hear about? Spread message? #sstlap
Q7 Read the article- http://goo.gl/bb6Zf3 - 5 ways to recharge- what areas do you do well? which do you need to improve? #sstlap
Q8 Beyond making life better for others, what are personal goals for growth and opp to recharge? #sstlap
One of my favorite songs of all time ushers us into our first chat of the Summer.
Let's look at Summer Plans!
Q1 What are your plans for summer learning? Summer PD? #sstlap
Q2 What is on your summer reading list? #sstlap
Q3 What are you going to do to rejuvenate, step away from teaching for a bit and be a human being not responsible for the needs and wants of your students? #sstlap
Q4 What should we talk about in future weeks? Help me come up with topics by dropping some ideas into the comment section of the post #sstlap
Q5 What subject area do you need some help making ticket lessons? #sstlap
Q5a How can we help you in that process? #sstlap
I live in Wisconsin and am seeing our government officials especially our governor walker attack education. He recently stated that you don't need to have a license to teach or even a high school diploma. I don't want to start a political debate here, but rather discuss how we can tell our own story, change the script that is being presented by those outside education. So please join in the last few questions about making education better and presenting a positive message in spite of being attacked.
Q6 It is summer you have a choice to start a new career or return to education- which do you choose and why? #sstlap
Q7 What are the 5 best things about being a teacher that those who aren't might not understand? #sstlap
Q8 You continue to share great things will the #sstlap crew- How will you tell your story to families, community and the media to change the perception?
Q1 End of Year Reflection- How did your year go? #sstlap
Q2 What are your Best Of moments this year? #sstlap
Q3 Where did you fail? In what ways did you not achieve your goals? #sstlap
Q4 What are your goals for next year? #sstlap
Q5 What supplies do you need to create Pirate Lessons next year? #sstlap
Q6 Who would you like to connect with or collaborate with to create Pirate Lessons? #sstlap
Q6b Who have you connected with that deserve a Pirate nod! #sstlap
Q7 What topics do you want to discuss this summer? Anyone want to host? Soccer 4 nights a week is keeping me crazy busy- #sstlap
Q8 End of year recognitions -
How do you say goodbye to students? To colleagues?
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.