Fast forward to this past weekend (September 19th and 20th).. Just in case you didn't catch that, it
I had been looking forward to this weekend since then because I was finally going to be able to meet some of my PLN that I interact with on a regular basis! Face to face meetings always warm my heart and reinforce just how amazing my PLN is!
Saturday morning, we were blessed to hear +Principal Kafele speak about the role of culture and the importance of the student
Sunday morning, @joycevalenza raised my consciousness
Also on Sunday morning, we heard @snydesn2 talk about his re-entry into the love of teaching. I found myself nodding for 99% of his talk. I've been there. I wanted to leave teaching. I thought I was done. Thankfully, I am back in (http://spartansocialstudies.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-used-to-be-sitting-in-seat-17d.html) and so is he! We need to help those educators around us who aren't feeling like this is their calling anymore. When you
I had signed up for some pretty awesome sessions this weekend (https://goo.gl/ODvHnp) so I was eager to get my learn on!
Here are the highlights of the weekend!
I was able to learn more about podcasting from the amazing (@mrnesi and @iruntech)! They are podcasting gurus and always have so much to offer! Thank you for reminding me how much I love podcasts and once again getting me hooked on
I learned some new tricks with the programs I use all time like +EDpuzzle and #Google Forms from Jennifer Mezzina.
I was able to have a thought provoking conversation with @daretochem regarding Flipped classrooms and asynchronous learning. He helped me get through one of the mental hurdles I
I was blown away (as always) by @geekyteach and her Google knowledge! She showed us how to use Google Slides in ways I never knew was possible. (
I was inspired by @srtanrodriguez during her session on engaging learners! I learned some new tricks for engagement strategies I currently use and about Go Formative! Definitely incorporating that in my class TODAY! (Don't you just love when you can learn something on a weekend and use it on Monday!) Her presentation can be found here: https://goo.gl/JYNqD
I learned how to use Blab from @mrnesi! This has
The connections I made this weekend were inspiring, heart warming and lasting! I was able to actually meet +Samantha Fecich in person this weekend! She is a professor at Grove City College and I am a virtual co-operating teacher for her preservice teachers. We have communicated on many occasions, but never actually met (you will see this trend a lot this weekend) but this weekend we hugged, walked and had awesome conversations about pedagogy, school culture and ideology!
I ate dinner with my tribe! @iruntech @MrSchoenbart +Dani Raskin @chrissyromano@TheConnectedEdu @whalen @TaliaArbit @mrnesi @tinamonte The conversation at dinner was varied, spirited and rejuvenating for my soul! Making these connections is really what life is about. Being able to bring a diverse group of welcoming educators together for a conversation and food should be a goal of every educator!
I FINALLY got to meet @mr_issacs and @iwearthecrowns in person! I have been connected with both of them on an almost daily basis
Reconnecting with @spaul6414 @geekyteach and @kerszi always results in an amazing amount of learning on my part! All three are passionate educators that are willing to share their knowledge and craft with everyone!
I got to meet @Xanth_K and @darriapizzuto who are part of our #BFC530 crew and an important part of my PLN! They are inspiring educators who really are dedicated to our profession.
I finally got to meet +barry
I know I am forgetting things I learned (I'm still processing this weekend as the effects of the learning concussion wear off) and people with whom I connected this weekend and for that I apologize.
This weekend will allow me to adjust several things in my craft and gave me many, many things to share with my both my brick and mortar colleagues as well as my Twitter colleagues.
I can't thank @NJPAECET2 enough for inviting me to this inspiring weekend. I am now charged with making today better than yesterday! I am on it!