I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm trying to get myself "out there" more. I want to be seen as an expert in my field, so the only way to make that happen is to find ways to share my expertise.
Last night I shared what I learned at a recent conference with our parent advocacy group. I was nervous, but it went very well! Next time I speak to adults, though, I definitely need to remember to bring a water bottle. My throat was parched by the end and then I felt like I was losing my voice all day today.
This morning, I finished short proposals to do 90 minute sessions at my summer enrichment conference. Maybe they'll accept them - and maybe they won't. Either way, I've done my part in taking the next step in my professional development.
In case you are interested - here are the two sessions I'm hoping to give:
Ted Ed Clubs: Helping Kids Share Their Passions and Expertise.
Everyone loves watching TED videos to learn new information, but what if your students could learn how to create their own? TED has developed free educational materials for 3rd - 12th grade teachers to help guide students in the research and video creation process. I’ll share my experience as a club leader and give teachers information on how they can sign up to participate this coming year.
Supporting Higher Level Learning with Comics and Graphic Novels
Your students are clamoring for comics. They are giddy over graphic novels. You aren’t sure what to do. Aren’t graphic novels just for struggling readers? In this session, I will discuss many of the benefits advanced students can gain from reading this format. I’ll share titles for all age ranges and genres. I’ll give you resources on the topic to help you defend your choice to allow and even encourage students to read graphic novels.
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