I came to the Summer Institute filled with anxiety and not knowing anyone. I am leaving with a lot less anxiety and a long list of friends. There are not enough days in the school year to implement everything but I am sure going to try.
Today ended with a two-hour share session. Anyone could stand up and share their passion. I so enjoyed listening to everyone. People shared videos of the week, humorous stories and emotional testimonies about the DEN community. I struggled with sharing my own story. I felt compelled to go up but my nerves were in over drive. A fellow star and friend said I would regret it if I didn't share. When I was called up, my heart was pounding and my knees were shaking (seriously shaking, until then I had didn't realize knees could actually shake). I talked of my transformation at the Summer Institute and the goals I accomplished this week due to these wonderful educators. I mentioned my anxiety coming to the institute to a group of huggers and squealers. At the end of 6 days, I get it. When you've found your tribe of educational soul mates, hugging a squealing is a must!
Taking everything I've learned, I have some new goals going into this next year.
1. Stay connected with the amazing educators I met this week
2. Help my students find their passion projects
3. Make Global connections with my students
4. Share what we are doing in our classroom
5. Start a maker room and have a maker fair
6. Start coding with students
This is a lot to take on but I know that I will have support from the best educators in the world.
Thank you Discovery Education for giving me this opportunity. Words can not begin to express my gratitude.