Thank you Illinois IL-TCE was GREAT!

I had such a great time in Illinois. And when I lost my cell phone, my twitter friends found it!

Have talked to some people about joining some collaborations and accomplished quite a bit.

Two challenges in each session for the educators to get the most out of the sessions and conference:

1) Have a Big Three
I take one page in my conference notebook (usually the last one) and write at the top “My Big Three” — then at EACH session I attend, I write the three things I will do within the next 7 days.

This gives me one page of action items to do. Although my notes are great, I rarely go back and read them. When I get back, I tear out the page and put the items on my planner or tack it up on my bulletin board. I can clearly look and prioritize then when I see the trends that emerge.

2) Intentional R&D List
I believe that teachers must reinvent themselves and continually keep themselves abreast of “what's new.” We must move past point and click teaching and help people become self-directed learners.

So, this is a list of what I want to do “when I get a chance.” I keep an intentional R&D list in my planner and go to it when I have a chance.

OK, gotta go – battery is dying and no AC!

Thanks again Illinois!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mrs.A March 1, 2008 - 12:34 am

yes, we found your cell phone. I have your address and someone from ICE will return it to you. I’m just not sure who exactly has it. But hopefully you will get it in a few days. Lori

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