To my detriment, I was unable to attend both days and looking over the schedule, I had my regrets. However, one day was better than nothing, and I sprang at the opportunity.
It had been a rough week, and I was ready for something positive and challenging to come my way. The Google Summit fit the bill. challenge
Monica Martinez, the keynote speaker on the last day, spoke about how teachers view their jobs. Are they just jobs or are they the teacher's passion? She dared us to think about what type of atmosphere we create in our classrooms--one of fear of failure or one that embraces failure? Martinez talked about changing the culture in our room to embrace failure and convey that to our students.
There's more but you get the idea.
Her questions sparked more that I asked myself. What type of culture DO I create in my room? Do students feel secure in failing and retrying or are they afraid of retribution? Self-evaluation is never a bad thing and Martinez's opening address caused me to do just that.
There were plenty of interesting sessions to choose from throughout the day, all of them engaging and informative. By the end of the summit, I was ready for home. Ready to process all that I learned. Ready to implement the nuggets gleaned from the presenters.
Next year I hope to make the whole summit. If half of it was this good, I can only imagine how powerful and challenging to me as an educator it will be to attend both days. So next year, look for the Summit in your area and get your Google on!