On Wednesday, Nov 19th I attended my first Ignite session hosted by @shareski at a downtown Vancouver establishment. There were close to 80 educators (and a couple of parents) from all over the Lower Mainland. The atmosphere was intense and the title "Ignite" was very fitting for a night like that. Many of the educators in attendance were ones that I follow via Twitter (my favourite professional development tool). Other educators were ones that I hadn't heard before, but now have them in my Twitter PLN, if you could call it that.
It was an amazing night of personal and educational stories that truly lit a fire under all that attended. Topics included transformation through metaphors; using KIVA in the classroom; social media and primary students - can it be done?; Project Hello; 4 strikes; BYOD; courageous parent; learning to swim; and taking "busy" out of our daily vocab.
These stories have me wanting more. Not just for myself, but for my District. So I am driven to setting up something in Vancouver, so others can not only light their candle, but keep it lit. A strong community of educators networking together, will only make my District even better. I want to "Spark" our curiosity and excite the masses to better the opportunities of the students in Vancouver.
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning