The Teach Better Team ( Tiffany Ott, Rae Hugart, Chad Ostrowski, Jeff Gargas, and others) put together a two day conference with some national draw, held right around the corner from me (literally 200 yards away, yes I walked). And, Yes, that makes two great education conferences held in my area. Finally! I think there were about 200-250 people. Each time slot had 6 - 10 sessions to choose from, and a great variety of topics and presenters.
I did not present at this conference. Rather, I volunteered to be a room helper. I made sure the speakers had what they needed and introduced them. I also took some pics and posted quotes and resources to Twitter at #teachbetter19. P. Sloan Joseph shared about procedures, behavioral interventions and free/inexpensive rewards for appropriate digital behavior in the classroom. Ariel Jankord gave us examples of integrating coding and matching them up with content standards. Dr. Nicholas Sutton gave a brief preview of his session on creating quality district professional development. Haylee Harwick taught us about using podcasts in the classroom. Meghan Arnold and Heidi Perry demonstrated about using hooks to capture your students interest. Tara Martin took us through the why and how of using #BookSnaps. Melanie Rucker share about reaching students, parents and the community through valuing student voice and empowering them as scholars. Beth Manning helped us learn about the introverts in our schools, and how we need to work with that half of our population. (I am so glad that had this session at the conference. Every conference should have sessions about this topic. BTW read the book Quiet). Alex Valencic gave examples of using menu’s, similar to a restaurant, for students in homework assignments.
Looking forward to #TeachBetter20.
Teach Better promotes and helps schools teachers with the idea of Mastery Learning. There is a #MasteryChat on Twitter “When you know better, do better”. The TB team talks about being better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today. We can all get a little better, do a little better, each day. There is a book , and a podcast.