Let them Soar!

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Let them Soar!
NYSCATE11 is just around the corner and I, along with the conference committee, anticipate another worthwhile conference.  I’ve been to a number of conferences for various organizations (state, national and international) and this conference is always the most special.  I’m not just saying that because I volunteer on the committee.  There is something about it that makes you want it to last.
It has a lot to do with our membership. There is such diversity at NYSCATE’s Annual Conference that in one moment you can speak with someone from just about every walk of education.   I love it when I can join in conversations with superintendents, technology directors, principals, teachers (from all levels and content areas) and students while they gather in the foyer to chat, discuss, debate and suggest solutions to current issues in education today. It’s also about being okay with walking around with BBQ stain on your shirt following a hearty lunch at the ‘Saur. Everyone understands.
From being inspired by the innovative educators at the grants and awards dinner to social events with members, NYSCATE is about people.  We hope you will also be enlightened by Diana LaufenbergHall DavidsonSteve Dembo and Kevin Honeycutt who will speak during the keynote sessions.
Don’t miss out on the hands-on, minds-on Pre-Conference sessions that often go unnoticed because they happen before the official kickoff.   Check out the list of Pre-Conference sessions here and register today!
If you absolutely cannot make it, be sure to follow from the #nyscate11 tag.  You can also friend NYSCATE on Facebook and join over 1000 NYSCATE members in our NYSCATE Network.

Share the Joy

Fun from the top by Anderson Silva
Fun from the top by Anderson Silva (via Flickr)

EduCon 2.3 - January 28-30, 2011I’m slated to conduct a session at EduCon 2.3 next weekend titled Sharing the Joy. During the time that the RFP was open I was really down about the state of education and where it seems to be headed in our country. How could one not be, right? While things were (and still are) being painted publicly as being so bad in schools, I wondered how teachers and students make it through the days, weeks and semesters together? So, it gave me an idea to lead a discussion around sharing what makes teaching and learning enjoyable. Simple, really. There are so many wonderful teachers around that surely a group of them can assemble at EduCon and share how they bring about joy in school. How to bring about joy in school? Now, that’s something I hope you’ll want to write home about.

Here’s the description (subject to edits):

We know that student enjoyment of school leads to better student learning. Through conversation and sharing of experiences, environments and communities of learning we will uncover the strategies and dispositions of teaching and learning that make school enjoyable and meaningful for all.

Since EduCon is about educational conversation here is my, initital, conversational practice (subject to other ideas):

Collaborative documentation in a yet-to-be-determined collaborative space online will be used to guide and capture the learning from this session. Attitudes, mindsets, dispositions, strategies necessary for creating experiences, environments and communities for enjoyable learning will be shared and captured.

There’s no rule that we can’t start now, so I wonder…

  • What was your life like as a student?
  • What do you bring to teaching that makes learning enjoyable in your class?
  • How and what do you celebrate with students? Teachers?

I’d be thrilled if you can make it in some way, shape or form.