Earlier this school year I was asked by one of our amazing IT guys to present a session at our districts inaugural Tech Conference – Confluence. I was taken aback. Me? What do I have to offer? “What would you like for me to present?” I replied. His response was very matter of fact, “Talk about classroom management through project-based learning. What you do in your class.” In my most flattering text response, “Um, I guess I could do that.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– Dr. Suess, The Lorax
The conversation had more or less these exact words but this was my personal take on it. I was proud, shocked, excited and nervous. What did I have to offer that other teachers are not already doing?
From then I pondered that very question. I thought about it over and over as I began writing down ideas in one of my many composition books. Then it came to me, why not incorporate this…my transformation ideas while integrating some of my successful projects in the classroom.
I have nothing “new” to offer teachers. Many teachers simply need the support and the stepping stones to begin teaching with projects. It’s time consuming, in the beginning, and it can be a little overwhelming. BUT…It doesn’t have to be!
So I began my first EVER presentation to other teachers with a clip from The Lorax. The montage incorporates various scenes leading up to the end…
“UNLESS, someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Because this quote is the epitome of teaching. We are teachers because we care. We are teachers because we love what we do and we love to inspire others. We are teachers because it is our job to help students figure out what it is they “care a whole awful lot” about so they can thrive in the real world.
“…my hands got a little shaky and the nerves kicked in but I moved forward, made some jokes and we began.”
As the classroom filled up with teachers and administrators, my hands got a little shaky and the nerves kicked in but I moved forward, made some jokes and we began. My first session was full of 20 plus which eased my biggest fear…What if no one chooses my session?
The teachers were so attentive, engaged and really applying the learning. It made my heart smile. As I read the few reviews of the training, I felt confident I had done what I had hoped to – help others find their confidence in allowing projects in the classroom. At that point, I didn’t really worry if the next training was full or not. I had already conquered my fear.
So – here’s to improving my training session and having more successful ones to come!
If you would like view the presentation which includes a project-based learning planning guide, hyperdoc and more, please request so below!