All I can say is WOW! I have spent the last few days watching & catching up on sessions from the FREE e-conference The Reform Symposium! I've only seen a fraction of the conferences so far, but of the ones I've seen I am inspired!
Having dabbled with twitter in my classroom, this summer I dove head - first into the twittersphere. Now, I thought that my learning had grown exponentially just from being on twitter & that it couldn't get any better. I grossly underestimated! Using twitter as a professional made me excited about possibilities for my students this year. Yet, I was hesitant about whether it would be feasible with 3rd graders. All of that has disappeared since participating in & viewing the #rscon sessions. I've seen how 1st & 2nd graders are using twitter. I've seen how one classroom functions critically in a paperless environment. I've learned how to be a better teacher without grades. Igniting passion in our students. Using tools for more than pizaaz! Students teaching teachers. Back channeling (I didn't even know what it was & now <3 it!).
But of all the things I learned (technologically) I have to say that the 1 thing I've taken away from these sessions is to go for it. Trust yourself. Try new things. Be fearless. Expect failures, but also expect greatness. I have never been so pumped to get back into the classroom while at the same time feeling relaxed.
Thanks to everyone who worked behind & in front of the scenes to pull this event together!