Just before I became a National Board Certified Teacher, I began to get a slew of emails regarding many different topics. One of those topics was the Teaching and Learning Conference to be held in Washington DC. Having never been to DC, I knew that I had to go. I didn't know at that time that this was actually the inaugural conference.
My district paid me a (very modest) stipend when I earned the letters NBCT behind my name and I was determined to use that stipend to fund this trip. Basically the second that I found out I had certified on my 2nd try, I signed up for the conference (with the special NBCT rate) and booked my hotel and flight. (Let me mention here that I'd never flown before. Ever.) About a month after I did all of this, The Husband was kind of in a bit of a tizzy and finally I asked him what his problem was. He was jealous and wanted to come too. (Sidenote: The Mister is so non-committal about pretty much everything so I didn't bother to ask because I never get a straight "yes" or "no" until its usually too late.)
Multiple events began to pile up for March and thus I coined the phrase "Epic March". And let me tell you, so far this month has been truly EPIC.
Skillet Concert on March 6 which really was the most EPIC event of my life...and probably will always be. Teaching and Learning Conference this past weekend. I have never in my life felt so energized and so renewed as a teacher.
I'm a bit of a rebel. (I know, you're shocked.) I tend to push buttons. I tend to lead with my passion and apologize later. And this conference gave me SO MUCH validation that I am on the track I need to be on.
I tweeted many of my sessions (you can follow me on twitter here) as I was in them. Alas, I will be sharing my notes on the most important sessions I attended (I did skip some to sight see and walk barefoot in the grass because let's face it--it's DC and it was 64 degrees there on Saturday....when I left Michigan, it was 4 degrees.)
Over the next week or so, I will blog about my experiences in DC, most likely one session/event per post because it just wouldn't do them justice to try to cram more than one awesome thing into a post.
I shall leave you with my feet in the grass....which I haven't seen in Michigan since November. It was kind of exciting people!