I'm really trying to keep all of that in mind as I continue preparing for my sessions at SDE's Conference for Ohio Second and Third Grade Teachers! As the facilitator of four sessions, I want to help my participants stand on a firm foundation of academic research, but I also want to give everybody fun, creative, practical, and effective ideas to take back to their classrooms! I also strive to make my sessions interactive and engaging because that's what I crave as a student and a participant. I'm starting to get really excited! Especially since one of my blogging besties, Hope King from Second Grade Shenanigans, will be there too, and there are already plans involving Jeni's ice cream. Get in my belly, Salty Caramel ice cream! Ahem... I digress.
The Conference for Ohio Second and Third Grade Teachers will be held on February 3rd and 4th in Columbus, Ohio. This conference was designed to be helpful to Ohio teachers, in particular. If you teach in the Buckeye State, it's no secret that this is a really pivotal year for us with the full implementation of the Common Core, the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), the Third Grade Guarantee and its inherent high stakes, and the corresponding shifts in how we are doing our jobs. It's intense, but it's not insurmountable. :) Thankfully! So, that's where this conference comes into play. Key topics include Ohio's new learning standards, games and centers that teach, struggling and at-risk learners, literacy-based activities, technology integration, classroom management, and so much more! You'll definitely want to check out the session descriptions in the link above! I, personally, wish I could attend each and every one of them.
What do YOU look for in a professional development session?