Blogging from Paris! After a great couple of days at TESOL France, helping demo English360 and enjoying a wonderful range of International presenters and participants, I realize once again that conferences are an excellent springboard for ideas.
As we refocus on Monday, the week ahead and the next venue for our meet up (Rome TESOL?, Posnan BESIG?, Harrogate IATEFL?) I feel elated to have shared time and energy with some dear Twitterers and TESOL members.
On Saturday, Lindsay Clandfield gave a super presentation on Blogging Your Way to Being A Better Teacher - showcasing his http://sixthings.net/ blog roll and describing how blogging helps
I’d like to steal the “Six Things” idea to add my Six Reasons I Love Conferences.
I love conferences because…
- they are welcome break from everyday teaching, training or consulting.
- the names on books, blogs or tweets are brought to life in a smile, by tiny gestures or a glass of wine
- their sum is greater than the parts. The many inspiring individuals, conversations and presentations generate a sum total which totally exceeds all quantification!
- Pecha Kuchas are fun, lively and democratic ways of thinking in 20 seconds about the impact of words, images and content.
- you realize how wonderfully skilled and varied educators are. Meeting up with global friends and colleagues to exchange insights and news is healthy.
- the buzz is energizing, refreshing and helps build a learning continuum that stretches from prior knowledge to future adventures.
Thanks TESOL France! Thanks @burcuakyol , @cleve360 , @ShellTerrell , @dudeneyge , @kenwilsonlondon, @cheimi10 , @lclanfield, and @paulmaglione, @Britsmiles , @arthurmckeown and all the other outstanding minds.