Day 2 complete for this TCEA first-timer….WOW, what an experience! I was so excited about all the learning I would be tweeting to my campus and PLN back home. I even prepared them for nonstop tweets of learning. Well…let’s just say, I couldn’t even begin to tweet my learning because I needed serious time to reflect on it all first. 🙂
Getting to meet people I have conversed with across Twitter for awhile now was the best way to kick off the week! I have participated in chats with @VealHeidi for awhile now. She always has such a positive message to share. Getting to meet, hang out, and learn with/from her was even better. She is so super sweet!!
At the end of the very last session from today’s Leadership Academy Heidi asked me, “How was your day? What was your favorite session?” I am pretty sure I did not hesitate to say that the absolute BEST part of my day and best learning came from sitting down and talking with @matthew_arend between sessions. My list-making self had scribbled some questions down during his presentation that I wanted to ask him. The thing about being around passionate, like-minded educators is that they are always willing to share! I walked up to him and said, “Hey, I need to chat you up about some things.” He was like, “Okay.”
Later that day, I thought about it and yes, the sessions and academies were really fantastic! Awesome people sharing great things-some of which I knew, some of which I did not know. However, getting that face to face connecting time with people, questioning, sharing ideas of how it works at their campus, and just plain getting to know one another better was where my best learning came from!!
THAT is what it is all about! The people. That is what it always comes down to with me when I reflect on many of my learning situations. Relationships. Connect – which just so happens to be my #oneword2016 🙂
So, these pictures represent the WHY I love TCEA so far! I was blessed with time to get to know these AMAZING educators even more! I mean, seriously, can it get any better than that?! What I have learned from them is what has made these first few days incredible! Looking forward to the rest of the week. Can’t wait to see what else I learn that I can share with my campus!