When I started this blog my intention was to share ideas of how we can and must expand learning so that learning isn’t limited just to the walls of the classroom. To be honest my focus was on student learning. However as was echoed often during this weekend’s RSCON on- line conference what is true for our students is true for our teachers as well. Therefore teachers need to expand their learning beyond their classroom, their school and their community. There is no shortage of ways of teachers t o that with Skype, wiki’s. Google chat and video, and Google+ hangout just to name a few.
However then there are times when you experience something that is just way out and blows all of that away. That was my feeling this weekend when I participated in the RSCON3 on line conference. Where for three days people came from all over the world to learn and share ideas together of how we can reform education. To say it was inspiring and that I was inspired would be an understatement.
The learning was amazing. Whether it was about technology, 21st Century Learning, Differentiation, or my topic about building relationship between teachers and administrators you heard from Educational leaders and true education rock stars (present company excluded).
However the learning was great the ideas were great and I didn’t attend as much as I wanted and it may take me until RSCON4 to digest all the learning. But that wasn’t what made it so inspiring.
If I had to sum up in one word what inspired me I would have to say “passion”.
Even over the Internet you felt the passion that the presenters had and how much they care about reform education and helping teachers and students grow.
What was even more inspiring was the passion of the participants. Over 200 people on a Sat night in the summer listened to the ending day 2 key note. Hundreds if thousands of people participated in PD when for most of us we are on summer break.
I challenge someone to find a profession with more passionate people than educators. I am truly blessed and privileged to be an educator.
However as I was participating and presenting I did have one other thought. It was great the so many people came but for the most part we were probably preaching to the choir or to the already converted and those that already passionate about education reform. Our challenge is how do we reach the others who are not yet passionate?
I don’t know what the total number of participants was but whatever number that is let us make an effort to ignite that passion in others so that we can triple the number of participants for RSCON4