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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Day #1 at TeachMeet Nashville 2010

The first day of TMN10 has been really good.  I am seeing teachers trying hard to make a change in the way we educate our children.

Meeting more people from around the country really helps me stay motivated.  I enjoy the conversations on Twitter and in blogs, but the one thing missing is the inflection in their voice.  No amount of grammar and punctuation can take the place of hearing a voice filled with passion about teaching.  Much like Shakespeare was not meant to be read, but heard - conferences allow me to spot sincerity and the level of commitment of the people I have followed or will soon follow.

Jason Bedell is phenomenal.  He dreamed, found assistants, planned, organized, found sponsors and speakers - and did it in just over 2 months.  Inspiring work.  I have spoken with Nancy Blair, and we are considering a TeachMeet in Georgia.  How's that for motivating your audience.

This grassroots approach appeals to me, because there is a missing "you gotta do this or else" feel.  It is a group of hard-working teachers looking for ways to capture the imaginations of their students.

It was outstanding to hear and meet three educators from Van Meter, Iowa - Derron Derflinger, Shannon Miller, and John Carver.  I admire what they are able to do. I'm contemplating if what they are able to do is able to be replicated and scaled.

I hope I am able to contribute tomorrow, a percentage of what I have learned today.

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