The following blog was contributed by Laura MacDonald, NCEA Director of Professional Learning.
I take copious pages of notes, snap several pictures, and obtain ideas for Monday, the upcoming semester and the next three years! Conventions are a time for new thinking, reviewing the latest resources and to be recharged, so why is my head spinning and I need a nap? There has got to be a better way to experience a convention!
Something old, something new, something… You know the rest of this century old rhyme, right? Whether you’re a first timer, or a convention connoisseur here are five steps to a better convention and a better you!
#1 Something Old
You may be reminded of a strategy you formally used and moved away from for whatever reason. Jot it down, maybe it’s time to try it again.
#2 Something New
Bring back something to elevate your practice and support student learning. That’s right, you don’t need to leave the convention with a dozen theories. If you bring back one specific innovation that you are excited about you are more likely to implement it successfully.
#3 Something Borrowed
Find a tool or resource that is perfect to take back to colleagues at school. This “borrowed resource” might be just what someone on your staff was looking for and make their day.
#4 Something YOU
I know, it’s something blue and if you want to acquire something blue, then you do YOU! See where I’m going with this? If you need to sprawl out in the middle of the hotel bed in complete silence or connect with new friends over cocktails who understand what you are going through, this is your convention. Fill your bucket and rediscover your passion.
#5 Plan ahead
A bride wouldn’t head down the aisle without a plan and neither should you. Note keynote locations, check exhibit hall event hours and review the session choices to predetermine a few favorites at each session time.
You are now five steps closer to a happier encounter and certain to wrap up your week with no
Heading to NCEA 2023?
Look no further than these Podcast episodes to start planning for NCEA 2023
Get on the Bus (School Tours) https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-f8nmy-139240f
Faith Science and Showing Up (Closing Keynote) https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-gy69c-13b01fc
Creating a Culture of Checking In (Keynote) https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-c5fd9-13a5fa2
Fostering Support and Considering Demands of Teaching (Session Speakers) https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-ygytk-139c65f
You can download the preliminary program at https://www.ncea.org/NCEA2023 , but keep in mind sessions and details are subject to change.
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