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