- meet people that love doing what I do
- network with people so that I am not always recreating the wheel
- to get rejuvenated about teaching
- to learn neat things to take back and share with others.
- to have fun!
- to laugh!
This past summer, I attended #flipcon14 in Mars, Pennsylvania, and it was one of the best decision I made about teaching and my professional development. The single best decision regarding teaching was probably choosing to flip my classes. I met so many people, and learned so much. I left there with so much knowledge and so many cool things to take back to my classes and colleagues.
How do I remember what I attend and learn? I am actually very old school. I took at composition notebook (the kind that is stringed together) and mapped out what sessions I would go to and what I would watch later via online access. For each session, I wrote at the top the name of the session, the presenter, locations, and anything else I knew prior to attending. While in the session I take notes, write quotes, small things that would remind me about what I heard and saw. Each night, prior to going to bed, I would review my notes, add anything else, star the pages, etc and then review what sessions I wanted to see the next day and make changes based on what I saw that day.
For instance, I saw Crystal Kirch on the first day and knew I needed to see her second session the following day. I am so glad I did. I learned about Kahoot, about WSQ, and about many other things I wrote about. I use the WSQ daily with my students and it has improved my teaching and my knowledge so much.
I also tweet and email colleagues with things that I saw and and want to remember.
I am also lucky to have a husband that also teaches math, so I also call him on breaks, at dinner, drive home, etc, and tell him what I saw and learned. He often asks me about it later reminding me.
I had made the decision that if my attending #flipcon15 was denied this coming summer, I was paying my own way! It was so worth every penny! I can't wait to see what I walk away with this coming summer!