Blog 10/10 - ISTE Reflection and SHaring
Or was it?
When I returned from ISTE, I made a promise to myself that I would share what I learned during my time in Atlanta. Although there were 16,000 educators at ISTE, not everyone gets the opportunity to go. Therefore, I felt it was only right to share. I also knew that I am not the most consistent blogger, so I made the pledge to blog for ten consecutive days. So how did it go?
Trying to blog everyday while continuing the summer schedule of work, kids' events, neighborhood activities, and community festivals was challenging at times. I tried to get most of the blogs done during nap/quiet time, but a few times it had to wait until late at night once the household had went to sleep. And to be honest, there were a couple of times that I wanted to skip a day.
I am glad I did it. Some sessions I just sit and listen to, while others involve me taking a pile of notes. By reflecting I was able to recall the sessions I didn't take great notes at and remember the main points before it flew from my memory. Reflecting on my notes allowed me to decode the cryptic text that I wrote in the name of time. If I didn't blog, there is a good chance I would have simply forgot to return to the notes, or would have waited so long that I would have had a difficult time trying to break the code that is my notes.
So, what did I learn? Blog when you can and when you have something to share. It is rewarding on multiple levels. It gives you a chance to reflect and allows you an opportunity to really try to wrap your head around the ideas presented. It is also a great way to share what you learned with others. It may be what they need to take the next step, or it may start a conversation that helps you grow even more.
Tomorrow - Day Off