My Dad is a fountain of sage advice, and one of my all-time favorites of his is: “If you want to really learn something, surround yourself with all the great people in that field.”
When Dad was a young boy, he wanted to be an architect. He hogged all the library books on all things architecture and read for hours. His uncles were architects, and Dad chased after them, begging them to take him along on their trips. He nagged them with questions, and soon learned the tricks of the trade. I still remember waving after him as a young child, yelling “Have a great day, Dad!”, as he left for work with rolled blue-prints under his arm.
Twitter has given me access to a wonderful network of great teachers and mentors, and it offers great free PD materials, but I would really love to take part of my learning beyond tweets, and engage in more face-to-face learning.
One of my 2011 Goals is to try to attend free and local teacher conferences (and un-conferences) in my area. The first one I will be attending is the upcoming TeachMeet NJ (TMNJ), which will be held at one of my alma maters, Rutgers University, this March!
To learn more about TMNJ, check out Jason Bedell’s letter, which explains what TeachMeet is. See my spotlight too! I feel special,and very intimidated! Everyone spotlighted on the TMNJ blog is so cool. I face-booked my former high-school chemistry teacher and teacher-friends in New Jersey about TMNJ. I think it would be nice to attend TMNJ together, and have them see what I have been talking about (Twitter! PLNs! Ed-Tech! Plain awesomeness!) for two years.
I have never attended a conference before, so I don’t really know what to expect or how to prepare for it. I am very excited for my first teacher conference experience though, and look forward to meeting many of my PLN friends, and learning from them! What say you, dear reader? Do you have any tips you can share with me about attending conferences for the first time? I would greatly appreciate it. Can’t wait for TMNJ and sharing my experience with you in a few weeks!