As I sit here tonight trying to put together a way to share what I learned at TCEA this past week, I cannot. I feel pure exhaustion. Let me add this is the kind of exhaustion, like I know every woman can relate to, that brings you to tears! 🙂
To be quite honest, I have so many things swirling in my head and not the first clue as to how to organize all of this into something coherent, but I will figure it out soon. I have to. It is causing me to feel a little anxious because I want to do so many things!
**I want to share all these awesome resources.
**I am charged up and want to empower my students and fellow teachers.
**I want every educator I know that didn’t get to attend TCEA to learn about all the amazing resources that I did and use them in their classrooms!
**I have more determination to make an even bigger difference than I did the day I arrived at TCEA. (If that is even possible!)
I know, I know…I hear my veteran TCEA going friends and people in the education world that have been doing this for years thinking, “Amateur. We have all done this and felt like this…years ago. It will not be as overwhelming each year.”
This is where I have to disagree. Whether this is your first TCEA experience or your fifth TCEA experience, you have to agree with me that attending a large conference of passionate, forward-thinking, like-minded educators leaves you feeling completely changed as an educator. Talking with many of these veterans, they say this is why they come back every year. And isn’t that something we all crave? We need a place to recharge and find inspiration in others. This is why building a PLN is so important. (This is a completely different blog coming soon!) I cannot tell you enough what spending a week with positive, inspiring educators that challenge my thinking and push me has done for my professional and personal growth!!
So…I will sign off tonight with this apology. I apologize for not being able to write this amazing blog about many of the tools I learned. I apologize for not giving any cool apps to use. I apologize for not giving links to the sites that help make your Google use so efficient. Don’t worry, I will share things out little by little as I go back through them!
What I will not apologize for is continuing to talk about the importance of relationships and being a connected educator!! I will leave you with this: You MUST use Twitter for Professional Learning and attend a conference like this!! I know I will not miss one from here on out. It is where I find and connect with my people. It is where I am inspired. It is where I am challenged. It is where I question deeply and wonder just how much I can push myself. And to think….it all started with Twitter. 🙂