This weekend I had the privilege to help plan/host/present at a conference that is all about flipped classrooms. The conference was on a Saturday...in the middle of January...for free. Did I mention that almost 150 teachers showed up! Crazy! I wanted to share a few of my take-aways from the conference:
#1 Brian Bennett (@bennettscience) is an excellent keynote speaker! He managed to weave an elephant into his keynote and leave everyone motivated and excited.
#2 Karl (@kls4711) has an infectious laugh, and I am pretty sure he was the life of the party in college.
#3 There are some AMAZING teachers in Michigan!
#4 I got to meet Erin Klein...enough said.
#5 I got to present with Brian Bennett...enough said.
#6 Most importantly, this is what PD needs to be. We managed to weave some directed sessions (where attendees had a choice of where they wanted to go) and Edcamp sessions (where teachers signed up for what they were interested in talking/learning about) together. Everyone left energized and motivated.
So I ask the question...why? Why can't district PD be like this? It was useful, energizing, and dare I say it...fun!
I hope that I am asked to help again next year...if there is a next year. What do you think, was it worth your while?
I'll wrap up this post with some of my favorite tweets of the day.