This blog post is unique because I’m writing it from San Diego, where I’m attending a convention.
No, not THAT convention – San Diego Comic-Con International – although the Convention Center is just across the street.
The above photo is what the Center looks like this week. During Comic-Con, it appears more like the photo below:
Or this one:
Or this one, if you’re lucky:
Like I said, I’m not lucky enough to be in town the same time as Comic-Con. But I am lucky enough to be at a convention with hundreds of other educators.
This particular “con” is focused on accreditation of teacher preparation programs.
The topic may sound dryer than San Diego heat, but it’s not too bad. Most sessions are led by educators, who know a thing or two about engaging a crowd of semi-disinterested individuals.
Here are three take-home lessons I’ll share with you (and take home from California):
1. A convention center without fans, celebrities, and cosplayers is like a school building without students, teachers, and staff. A brilliant building with fancy facilities is a wonderful thing to behold; but it only makes a difference when it hosts a crowd of excitable and exciting characters.
2. What convention are you attending next? I’m not talking about a district-required in-service necessary for churning out continuing education credits.
Seek out a teacher-focused conference or convention that expands your network of colleagues, refines your thinking, and builds on your repertoire of strategies. Better yet, sign up to SHARE a session or workshop with your professional peers.
3. Someday I hope to visit San Diego again and attend Comic-Con. Until then, here are some conferences I’ve attended (or will attend) recently. Check one out, if you’re interested. Or find something else that more closely matches your field of expertise.
-Kappa Delta Pi International Educational Honor Society Biennial Convocation
-National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference
–International Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education
-Kansas Association of Science Teachers “KATS Kamp” Conference
-Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Spring Conference
Where are you going?
You don’t have to attend a “con” somewhere far away or expensive. Most of those I go to are within driving distance, and many times you can pay a discounted fee to attend only part of the convention. In most cases you get what you pay for, though, and it’s healthy to expand your horizons beyond your home district or state.
Find a super group of teachers to encourage and educate you – and you can do the same for them. They’re waiting for you!