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Creating Safe Learning Environments

December 28, 2010

Last July I attended the 1st Reform Symposium Free Online Conference. I was really lucky to attend most of the sessions. They were powerfully motivating! What’s more, I attended them in the comfort of my home! It has been such an amazing learning opportunity!
My twitter adventure makes me feel as if I were on a roller coaster journey all the time. My awesome PLN keeps inspiring me to take huge steps almost every day. I have dived into incredibly enriching experiences thanks to my PLN. I just couldn’t believe my ears when I was invited to be part of the organizing team for the New Teachers Reform Symposium (#rscon11). I’m so honored to be working together with Shelly Terrell, Lisa Dabbs, Kelly Tenkely, Melissa Tran and Chris Rogers! Not only I’m part of this incredible team, but I was also invited to present on creating safe learning environments.
I strongly believe safe learning environments are essential in today’s world. A safe learning environment helps students feel confident enough to give their best. It’s through a safe learning environment that we’ll motivate our students to collaborate and be willing to take part in class activities.
My presentation will be on January 8th at 8pm EST / 1am GMT. During the session we’ll explore different ways and ideas on how to create a safe learning environment in our classroom.  You can find out more about my presentation here.
#rscon11 will focus on new teachers, however every educator should take part. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been teaching for a short while or if you’re a senior teacher you’ll definitely benefit from this wonderful professional development opportunity. Are you looking for some inspiration? If your answer is yes, then you can’t miss #rscon11.
Can’t wait to continue learning together! I’m really looking forward to seeing you all there!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2010 9:31 pm

    Greta,
    I am so excited that I will get to attend your presentation and learn from you. You have been inspiring in all that you share about your students and how you motivate them to be their best. I appreciate the hard work from you and everyone on the planning team for rscon11! It’s going to be great🙂

    • December 29, 2010 7:33 pm

      Thanks so much Joan! It means a lot coming from you! I’m really looking forward to attending your presentation too. I know you’ll be awesome! Thanks for all your support!

  2. December 28, 2010 9:35 pm

    Awesome Greta! I am wondering if you are talking not only about the safe environment that you build within your classroom, but how your students are safe online as well? I know that your kids have done a ton of great blogging but there is still a lot of concern with kids participating in online environments.

    Will this be a part of your presentation? Good luck! I know it will be great🙂

    • December 29, 2010 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much George! I really appreciate your support! I don’t think I’ll be talking about my students being safe online though… Since it’s only a 30 minute presentation, I can’t talk about both topics. Online Safety would be an awesome topic for another presentation. I’ll prepare something and let you know!
      Thanks again!

  3. December 29, 2010 5:11 pm

    This is absolutely wonderful Greta! I know many young teachers out there who are offered their student loans completely paid if they will work in urban schools for 5 years. And I know that 99% of them will turn down that offer simply because they fear for their safety within those schools. If teachers are afraid to go to work in city schools, how can we expect students to be any less fearful? And if they are afraid, they can’t learn (paging Maslow!). This definitely needs to be addressed and teachers everywhere need to hear your message. Good luck!

    • December 29, 2010 7:45 pm

      Thank you so much! If kids are afraid they can’t learn, I agree with that! What’s more, when students feel safe and they are aware we care for them and trust them amazing things can happen in the classroom! Hope to see you on the presentation! Thanks again!

  4. January 2, 2011 2:57 am

    So excited for it!

    • January 3, 2011 2:33 pm

      Thanks for your support Kelly! Looking forward to seeing you there!

  5. January 8, 2011 10:37 pm

    It was very nice to hear you speak and the topic about which you spoke, Greta. There’s always a newer and more personalised perspective to Twitter friends when you get to see and hear them.

    Well done. 🙂

    • January 9, 2011 7:22 pm

      Thanks so much for attending my presentation Tyson! It meant a lot! I’m glad you liked it! I agree with what you said it’s different when you get to see and hear someone, it’s nice to know there’s someone behind our twitter handles! Thanks again!🙂

  6. Amba Esbon permalink
    September 28, 2011 8:58 am

    when will the next presentation be will be joining you if any. it is inportant for facilitators, like me

    • October 2, 2011 9:25 pm

      Thank you very much! Not sure when my next presentation will be. I will definitely post it on the blog so I can let everyone know about it. Thanks!

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