Thursday was the first full day for FETC. It was a very weird feeling. The sessions started before the opening keynote. I was still trying to get a grasp on that. It’s all well though. Began the day with Hall’s Featured Session titled “Thinking Big as the World Gets Small”. I of course asked his permission prior to his presentation starting if I could ustream out his session. Knowing he’d be well okay with it, I had everything set up, so all I had to do was take care of the settings. You can view the presentation here in case you aren’t down here at FETC.
With lunch needing to be eaten and a Discovery Focus Group I volunteered to take part in, I missed out on the 2nd and 3rd sessions of the day. That’s well and okay, as the keynote was given by Philippe Cousteau. He weaved a wonderful conversation with the teachers here at FETC about his work, his life and his family. I thought the most touching moment of the keynote was his sharing a video clip of his father along the Nile River.
Afterwards, we were off to the VIP reception in the corporate room where we were able to do a meet and greet with Philippe. Having worked with and around celebrities prior to becoming a teacher, outside of last year and Jeff Corwin as the keynote, I rarely get awestruck with celebrity. Mr. Cousteau impressed on me greatly with his willingness to talk to everyone that came up to him, take pictures and sign autographs. He is well to be commended for his openness and humbleness towards the teachers who were coming up to him. Thank you Discovery for such an privilige to be able to meet such a fine and honorable person.
More tomorrow and hopefully we can finally get Debbie Bohanan hooked up with being able to access the blog.