I’ve attended several events recently and been wowed by the intensity of the speakers. Yes, they were amazing lecturers, but they were obviously also experts on their topics, which of course they should be. But it was probably their passion that struck me the most. Their love of the search for knowledge and their eagerness to share all that they knew.
Each meeting I attended left me wanting to be better, to try harder, to learn more. An affiliate with the Mensa for Kids organization shared opportunities I could use in my classroom the very next day. And that was in the first five minutes. She went on to explain how they designed a pen that kids who wake up with ideas can use because it lights up, but not too much so it won’t keep them awake. Ingenious!
Today it was the person in charge of professional development for our school district. He’s the one that overloads us with emails this time of year so we don’t miss our chance to sign up for classes. He was so on top of it all. If there was a technology or website, he was using it. If there was a new way to share information, he was trying it. Vicarious PD is a new one where employees attending conferences can upload their notes, videos and pics and you can be ‘trained’ from their experiences. Without a doubt, he loved his job and he knew what he was doing. He actually had me thinking about applying for a 12 week Carnegie course he was so convincing.
Both these individuals inspired me to try to be better. To be up-to-date with the latest research and technology. To be able to easily remember and share what I learn. To end each day better than I started it. Not a bad take away at all!