Slice of Life Challenge, Day 12
I was slated to do a short presentation on connecting young writers with authentic audiences using 2.0 tools. My presentation weaves in some of my own action research on using elements of Connected Learning in my high school English classroom. I articulate a model I came up with for creating connected writing assignments, and then share an example from my classroom of students completing a 20% time research project. In fact, my presentation for MACUL was based on the same one I was asked to do for the Pennsylvania GAFE Summit a few weeks ago but which also was cancelled as they restructured the session offerings for a smaller audience. So, my last two presentations, two that I was very much looking forward to, didn't happen.
So I'm frustrated. And not with the weather or with conference organizers. I am frustrated with myself. This is the first time in quite a few years that I have put myself out there by applying to present at conferences. I love conferences. I am energized attending sessions, madly scribbling down ideas and jotting down links. And what I have learned at NCTE, PCTELA, EduCon, and EDCamp conferences has not just inspired me but has changed my work in significant ways. However, I'm not sure why I am waiting for an invitation or a conference to share my work. I love presenting (seriously, ask me to present for absolutely anything, and I'll jump on that opportunity) because it is an opportunity to meet other connected educators. But I have a whole community to teachers in my own school also eager to learn from one another. Instead of wishing for more opportunities to learn and share with my fellow district teachers, I need to find more ways to make that happen. How can we create local professional development that is as energizing as the conferences we volunteer to attend and present at?