One of the things that make the DENSIs so great is the variety of attendees. We come from different backgrounds and positions in education, we have various and varying skills with technology (and beyond!), we come from east and west and north and “all y’all” come from the south… and this year we were fortunate to have new friends join us from the UK. Some attendees have been to several or many DENSIs and some are attending for their first time.
So in this post we’re going to hear form two other perspectives.
Christine Terrey, Headteacher at Harbour Primary and Nursery School, in New Haven, East Sussex, UK shares these thoughts,
“What struck me most was the community and the way everyone so actively sought out their own professional development- there was a great focus on learning. I love the fact that everyone saw themsleves as a lifelong learner, and the fact that everyone wanted to share. Just what I hope for my own children at school to aspire to. Of course – the fact that I made friends and learnt new skills myself was wonderful!”
Nicole Richardson, Summerville, NC attended her first DENSI this year. She writes,
“What an amazing life changing experience DENSI 2014 was for me! I met so many people and learned so many things, I can’t even begin to list them all. I can honestly say that I can’t wait for school to start back so I can share what I have learned with my new students. I have also met so many new and supportive people. I feel my life will take a different professional direction because of the DEN.“
I don’t think anything that Nicole or Christine have shared would surprise those who have attended even one DENSI – but isn’t it wonderful that new DENSI have made this impact on them and all the rest of us?
The final DENSI 2014 post will be from the point of view of someone who has attended all the DENSIs.