This past Wednesday night, 130 educators from Texas, Canada, Florida, and Louisiana gathered for a series of #DEIgnites with the theme “I Used to… But Now I…”: Stories of Transformation. The evening was filled with a series of short, energizing presentations shared by members of your Discovery Education Community mid-week of the TCEA 2017 conference. The Ignite format requires presenters to generate 20 slides that will auto advance every 15 seconds, which leads to an engaging 5 minute talk. This challenging opportunity inspired our educators to share their personal stories of transformation. Topics ranged from transforming from teacher to instructional coach to why being busy isn’t a good thing.
Shaina Glass (@SVicGlass) from Aldine ISD sharing her story on “If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now”. She talked through her journey from teaching students to teaching teachers and the transformation the DEN had on her.
Aimee Bartis (@AimeeGBartis) from Sunnyvale ISD talking about her very special son B and how she moved from being a control freak to a choice freak. Many educators left with her tag line “whatever makes your heart happy”.
Chelsea Murray (@MrsMurrayAg07) from Lamar CISD telling her story of transformation throughout her entire career. She showcased how using Discovery Education in her classroom made her a stronger teacher.
Connect with these educators on Twitter or DEN friends to share your story too.
While discussing these transformation stories, participants used two SOS Strategies to deepen their conversations. Some educators embraced the “Six Word Story” reflecting back on the night’s talks and summed it up in six words. Others used the strategy “Tweet, Tweet”, using sticky notes to share with their table ideas they had.
Are you headed to SxSW EDU in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 7? Join Discovery Education Community Engagement Manager, Kristy Vincent, and members of your Discovery Education Community for a very special Ignite event. If you are interested in attending or need more information, head to over to our registration page. You’ll find everything you need to know there!
If you see a Discovery Education Ignite event in your area, don’t miss out. You can follow along with the learning on Twitter by following #DEIgnite.