It’s been a while since I attended a regional conference, and having recently returned from ETC 09 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo, I am unsure why. I was left with a very positive impression and enjoyed the whole experience. Here are a few of the things I learned, or relearned.
My fellow teachers are an amazing bunch of professionals, with great ideas and powers of motivation.
There are so many different presentation styles, just in the 3 keynotes, yet all are equally engaging.
There is hope for our planet – John Liu’s work on the Loess plateau in China shows what can be done if we set our minds to it.
There are ways to tackle academic honesty head on. I attended a workshop by Michael Sheehan that outlined the latest research and gave constructive ideas on how to tackle this issue in schools.
Assessment is different to grading. We need to assess so that our students can learn, but grading is not part of the learning process. Bill and Ochan Powell gave some great workshops on this issue. They also linked much of what they were saying to UbD and what can and cannot be differentiated.
The power of Twitter. It was actual real life face to face conversations with people who use Twitter that convinced me to give it a go, not the responses to my blog posts on this issue.
Good professional development all round!