Last week, I had the opportunity to learn and share my knowledge with a group of high school business and technology educators in La Crosse, Wisconsin at the WEBIT-WMEA Convention. I attended this conference last year and was invited to return.
When brainstorming session ideas, a thought kept blocking my planning. Facilitating workshops was beginning to feel like something that I could do in my sleep, so instead of only submitting a proposal for a workshop, I decided to do something different. For the past year or so, I’ve been working on my philosophy around the best teachers being expert learners. I took a change and submitted a second proposal to the conference where the plan was for more of a TedTalk style session.
Luck would have it that the conference was interested in me leading two sessions. The first was about using industry tools with students in the classroom, the second is about teachers as expert learners. To plan out the speech, I used my go to "napkin note method” for outlining, but on an iPad. The feedback was pretty positive and I was fortunate enough to have a teacher debrief the topic with me later that evening.
You can check out my first attempt at a philosophy of education where teachers are expert learners by viewing the deck and my crazy notes below.