My #RSCON11 Take-Aways!
January 8th’s New Teachers Reform Symposium was a wonderful learning opportunity for me. Not only was I part of the incredible organizing team, but I also had the chance to attend many fabulous sessions. I’m amazed by how many wonderful and passionate educators out there were willing to spend an entire Saturday learning alongside other educators. It’s been powerfully inspiring to see so many fantastic educators sharing their knowledge and experience. My mind is buzzing with fantastic ideas and things I’ve learned. There was so much information, learning and inspiration to process!
After the 1st Reform Symposium on July 2010, I read this great post by Paula Naugle, where she mentioned she had heard Vicki Davies say: “try to limit your take-aways from a large conference to the top three.” I really enjoyed putting this into practice last time. I must admit it has been incredibly difficult to reduce the choice but, after doing some thinking, I managed to find my three take-aways:
- “It’s the end of education and the beginning of learning” – Alec Couros
- “Let’s get rid of what is not needed and focus more on what is needed. Discipline issues will begin to vanish” – Monika Hardy
- “Student-centered means putting students first!” – Pernille Ripp
I’m also really excited about the New Teacher Mentoring Project. I love the “Pay it Forward” concept behind it. Sharing our experiences, our successes, our failures, is a great way to help other teachers and to contribute with the educational reform. What’s more, mentoring a new teacher is emotionally and professionally enriching. Would you like to mentor a teacher or would you like to have a mentor? Please check out this wonderful project!
Passionate, enthusiastic educators were everywhere! It was so inspiring to see them all together in action! That’s what struck me most about the Reform Symposium – it was a powerful learning adventure in which I had been given the gift to interact with so many exceptional educators. Teachers should build connections with other educators. By collaborating and sharing our experiences we can transform education.
I’ve always thought that passionate and enthusiastic teaching was contagious and #RSCON11 has confirmed this for me! Let’s continue sharing our learning journey… I’d love to hear what you have to say about #RSCON11. Did you have any A-ha moments? What are your take-aways?