martes, 15 de octubre de 2013
My musings about #RSCON4
I had been warned before RSCON4 began: Prepare to be wowed, as well as Professional Development FOR teachers BY teachers, and everytime I wrote the word "Wow!" in the chatbox, I remembered that. A group of educators sharing what made them proud, what made them grow, what made them realize that they mattered. That´s the way it should be. I discovered that our roads as teachers have many things in common, that we feed on the same waters. I discovered that the picture I have of the 21st century educator is shared by many. Teachers helping other teachers realize their potential, teachers reaching out to other classes and finding out that we have so much in common, enriching ourselves and our classes in our differences, teachers going out of their comfort zones for the sake of letting others know that there is a different way to do things, and that maybe that is the anwer to our present problems. Teachers asking themselves: "Why not?" or "What if...?" Teachers who came up with simple yet daring practices to make the boring relevant and to give the students voices.
I finally saw what Paul Seligson has been asking teachers for years: "Get off the silly buses!(sillabuses)" take place and I liked the results. An epiphany to me.
I was also moved to tears when Sonya VanSchaijic showed us a picture of one of the first users of "The hole in the wall" now turned into an educator herself.
I also noted down, of course, some suggested sites and apps, which I recorded in previous blogposts for later quick referencing and checking, however this conference left me with a feeling of warmth that stays with me. The presenters were all kind hearted people who were always keen to share and listen.
I am so happy with the evolution of seminars! I am also happy to have been able to attend as many sessions as I could, and as I am catching up with the ones I was not present I am starting to look forward to the next RSCON.