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From One Teacher to Another: 3 Reasons Why You Should Attend ideaU

July 12, 2021 8:11 AM | Ashley (Administrator)

So, last week I saw school supplies on display and for sale at the Tarjay (yes, pronounced Tar-jay). And the immediate reaction was, “$@^@$&*.” But after the excessive screaming stopped in my own brain, I took stock and remembered -- Teaching has afforded me my mission and fulfilled my passion to support learners and never stop learning myself. 

I took a deep breath and began reflecting on how to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Here are the goals I wrote on the inside of the gum wrapper found in my car after my Target run: 

  1. Finish two professional books.
  2. Jump back into podcasts to support my growth area for next year. 
  3. Participate in two Twitter Chats. 
  4. Attend one professional learning opportunity. 

With these goals in my back pocket (literally), here is my game plan:

The topic I want to focus on is cognitive research on how we learn, so I have ordered: 

  • Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham
  • How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching by Joshua R. Eyler

Two books: Check!

The podcast that is speaking to me lately is The Brain Science Podcast. I have been drawn to educational podcasts that are not focused on “school orientated” and learn to better coach in my building. As for Twitter Chats, I’ll be keeping a close eye on a few I can jump into as they happen. 

Check and Check!

Now, for the big one that may seem daunting -- the professional learning opportunity. I will be attending the ideaU Summer institute.

This 100% virtual institute includes five whole days of live keynote speakers and watch-on-demand webinars. 

As if that wasn’t reason enough to attend ideaU, here are 3 more solid reasons:

  1. As and Illinois Educator, I can earn 20+ PDHs.
  2. I am registering today, which means it will only cost me $29 - that is about $5 a day for priceless learning. (Early-bird pricing ends July 21st, so get on it.)
  3. By registering for ideaU, you'll automatically be entered to win two FREE tickets to IDEAcon 2022. That is a no-brainer. 

Let’s learn together at ideaU-- while hanging by the pool or on our back porch.

What are your back-to-school learning goals? Share with me in the comments. 

See ya digitally at ideaU and fingers crossed at IDEAcon 2022. 

- Kim D., Teacher and IDEA Volunteer

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