Happy Thanksgiving break, teachers and students! This year, I’m particularly thankful for teaching. It’s hard work for sure, but so entertaining. As educators, we have a nonstop source of great story material. It’s an excellent side effect of spending the majority of our time with individuals whose prefrontal cortexes are still developing.
That’s why I am excited to be collaborating with The Seattle Times Education Lab and Ignite Seattle to give some of our city’s most entertaining speakers a chance to share their craziest, funniest, and most inspiring stories.
The event is called Ignite Education Lab: Unexpected Adventures in Learning, and it’s happening January 21st at Town Hall Seattle. It’s a night for educators, students, parents–anyone who was once a teacher’s pet or a back-talking class-skipper—we will all convene to laugh and cry along with stories from the front lines of teaching and learning.
The hitch? Our performers only get 5 min each with 20 automatically-advancing slides in this first ever education-themed Ignite event hosted by The Seattle Times.
New to the phenomenon of Ignite? Check out these quick talks.
Do you have an inspiring/hilarious/shocking five minute story to share about teaching and learning? Or maybe you want to deliver a quick how-to guide for surviving middle school? Do you have a Top 10 list inspired by parent-teacher conferences? Are you ready to tell the world about your most embarrassing moment as a student teacher? Pitch here! Deadline is Jan 4. Coaching for public speaking and support to help you polish your talk and prep your slides will be provided.
Classroom teachers, students, parents, tutors, administrators, yoga instructors, basketball coaches, charismatic financial advisers, educators of all kinds are encouraged to share out. I’m getting my pitch ready now…
Interested in cheering on our speakers from the audience? Reserve your spot here.
There will be a media wall where you can take pictures of you and your friends supporting educators while hitting the town. On a school night.
Plus, there’s a bar. Buy your favorite teacher a drink at intermission. They’ve earned it.
Tweet about how psyched you are to join in the fun using the hashtag #IgniteEdLab
I get it, teachers. It’s a Thursday. A school night. Bring your BFFs from your Department and call it Professional Development.
TPEP Criterion 8: Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instructional practice and student learning.
And students, you should totally get extra credit for coming.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
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