Today, I presented my seminar at the BCTF New Teachers’ Conference. And I think it went…okay?
“Tales from the Trenches: What you Don’t Learn in Teacher Education” was an account of my foibles and floundering in my first years of teaching. Things that I hoped others could learn from and avoid, or where I’d found a solution, incorporate into their practice.
Of course, this was my first seminar, so it had problems all of its own. I haven’t come up with solutions to those yet, though. I’m still stuck on why there’s no left-hand turn signal from Garden City onto Alderbridge Way. What’s up with that, Richmond?
At any rate, I’m hoping that every participant picked up at least one tip that will one day make their lives easier. Some of them picked them up before the end of the seminar, too! That’s one of five possible reasons for the dwindling bums in seats phenomena that I noticed, at least. See?
1. Participants read my mind and picked up whatever information they needed right away. Creepy, but highly effective way of attending a workshop.
2. It wasn’t the right workshop for them, since most of my knowledge is Secondary based.
3. They actually had lives and more entertaining places to be on a Saturday afternoon.
4. I had really had breath and it somehow made its way through my microphone and out the speakers.
5. There were Invisibility Cloaks for sale out on the concourse, which were donned with flourish when I wasn’t looking.
I’m honestly hoping that it was anything but the Invisibility Cloaks, because I totally missed out on something ridiculously awesome if it was. I mean, imagine the possibilities!
But, to those of you who stuck around until the end, hi! Welcome. Here are the PowerPoints I promised:
Questions, comments, concerns? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email if something comes up and I’ll happily give it a ponder and a blog post.