Tuesday, November 18, 2008

First Staff Development

I made it through my first district staff development!
This comes after a couple of rough days with students. Those kinds of days when one questions their reason to show up in the morning.
But, I showed up today, continued my "cup is half full" attitude, and prepared for the class.
I had my wiki ready for links of all of the software, hardware, and websites reviewed. I presented each topic in a way similar to which I would my 75 year old mother.
I tried to look around and see if people were engaged or looked like a "deer in the headlights". I would say, generally there were smiles. The kind of smile you might have when you find something new or cool. The kind in which you have when you find something that could help others be successful.
All went well except for one part...The custodians locked all of the school doors except one. The one which is the farthest away from the computer lab! This will now come to the top of my list when preparing for new classes.
So, I guess I will do this again in the future. I had fun. I felt like I made a connection to some who may not have considered computer technology.

I would like to hear about your first experience with presenting to peers. What was the highs and lows of your seminar?

Thanks to all,
Your Pal,

1 comment:

Mrs. D said...

Congrats! My first time presenting to peers was at a science convention doing demonstrations... I was nervous but the group was so responsive I got hooked! That was 9 years ago and I have never looked back... so glad that you had a good experience... keep those doors open!