Summer Institute is over and I’m back home in the Twin Cities.
Looking back at the conference, I realize just how valuable it was to me in terms of content and networking.
This was largely to do with the conference itself, but also because I did some things right to maximize my experience:
- took obsessive notes
- kept my papers as organized as possible
- slept enough
- wore comfortable shoes
- was open to serendipitous socializing
There are those attitudes, soft skills, and environmental supports we say our students need. We need them too!
I’m looking forward to processing more this weekend. I’ll post more about the conference in some form and also go on to more “normal” posts on Monday.
I have to go to bed soon, but I wanted to quick note a challenge that I faced in my diligent note-taking that surprised me.
I was at a presentation at which laptops were provided because part of the agenda was to have us explore a particular online course. I decided to just use that computer for my notes instead of the one I brought.
So I popped it open and started myself a word document. I happily took notes for a few minutes, then we did an interactive activity. When we came back and were regrouping, I opened up the laptop to get ready to take more notes. The presenter came over and very kindly and with no edge at all asked me to keep it closed because they were going to start again.
When I said I was using it to take notes, she thought for a beat or two and then said ok. I kept it closed anyway though. I thought that despite whatever assumptions she had made about what I was doing on the computer that she treated me with respect, and the best way I could think to repay that respect was to not be on the computer while she was talking.
But as a result, my notes are less detailed and much less accessible to me. I’ll need to spend some time keying them in.
Is this a common phenomenon? And how do you feel when you’re presenting to people while they are actively using laptops?
I just wanted to point you toward a great ESL student blog. It is written by adult students who attend free English classes similar to the ones at my center.
This is a recent post of intermediate student writing.
And this post shows the students’ garden! The pictures are beautiful. Inspired and looking for a great, easy-to-read novel? Try Seedfolks!
(I decided to participate in Web 2.0 Wednesday this week. Thanks to Michele at the Bamboo Project!)
My Blog’s Top 5 Words:
According to Wordle, my blog’s top 5 words are organization, new, think, program, and maybe.
Wordle of my blog
Seems about right to me.
I really appreciated the point that “personal branding” already exists for all of us, and that it can be as simple as looking at our top 5 words to begin to analyze what our personal brand is saying. What a great stepping stone to addressing it more thoroughly!
Have you Wordled your blog yet? What’s the state of your personal brand? If you’re interested in personal branding, check out Chris Brogan’s free e-book. I haven’t read it yet, mostly because I was intimidated by the phrase “personal branding,” but he’s a great resource.
And since when was intimdation a good enough reason to not do something worthwhile?