I love learning and discovering new things and I love to talk about teaching and education.
This conference was different.
I learned so much and connected with so many people, I'm not sure if I can accurately reflect on the whole experience. I'm not sure if I've been able to process the whole experience yet!
The conference included a tour of the amazing classrooms of the Calgary Science School, with my knowledgeable tour guides, George (gr 4) and Chris (gr 9). They showed us each classroom, helped us understand how classes were set up, answered a lot of questions, and helped us make connections with students in the classes we visited. It was SO great!
The workshops were both inspiring and validating. It was great to have some feedback on some of my current teaching practices and ideas about inquiry, and to be challenged and supported in my desire to keep going forward on this path. I learned about design-based thinking & wicked problems through role play and thinking out of the box with Mark Szabo (
The next day, I learned about inquiry in both English and Science high school classrooms. Shelley Wright (
For the last session, I couldn't decide where to go. I didn't want #ConnectEdCA to be over! I ended up workshop surfing a bit. Joined in on both Formative Assessment with Bernie Soto (@BernSot1) and Collaborative Teaching with Deirdre Bailey (
I spoke to so many great educators, many of whom I'd already "met" through Twitter, which is a fantastic source of PD and an online PLN. At one point of the conference, I can't remember the exact context of the discussion, but it was something about social media and the comment that came up was, "What, you don't like to share?" This became a bit of a tagline through the weekend. It reminded me that I need to take the next step in my online PLN. I read blogs, I tweet, I take part in #edchats, but I haven't taken the last leap. I haven't shared or reflected on my classroom and teaching practices.
I think I'm ready to do that now. Thanks, #ConnectEdCA!