The conference began with Jeff Corwin’s expression of appreciation for teachers and to share his thoughts on the importance of education and it’s role in helping to better our world. He shared his journey of discovering his life goals and applauded the goals educators have given themselves throughout their educational endeavors.
Corwin told one story of his life that occurred while filming a show several years back. On an island off the coast of Hawaii he was filming a bird with physical characteristics that were not very interesting to him and did not understand the reasoning behind filming such a creature. When he asked what was so special about this bird he was told that it was the last of its kind. This was a life changing experience for him because so much time and energy is spent on what looks good or attractive and at times not what is really important.
FETC attendees took away several thoughts from Jeff’s experiences. As a science teacher it made me want to develop new ways and ideas to make students think about what they do in the classroom so they can see beyond the letter grade the get but rather how the activities or lessons they learn can play a role in bettering their future, the future of others, and the future of this planet.