― Herman Melville (at Good Reads)
Earlier this week I had a chance to spend time with fellow educators and IT personnel at the IT Summit in beautiful (albeit, snowy) Saskatoon. Almost immediately, I ran into #saskedchat moderator, Kelly Christopherson (@kwhobbes), a former colleague who is now living in the bright lights, big city of Regina. I was excited to see Kelly not only because of our common interest in education, but because he also brought me a green gift - my very own #saskedchat t-shirt!
As I looked around the convention room, I spotted a couple of other educators in matching shirts. As a semi-regular contributor of the Thursday evening #saskedchat, I felt pretty comfortable in approaching these "strangers". So I introduced myself and was happy to meet @PrincipalSmart and @tgrantt face-to-face. Later, at our unofficial tweet-up, we even got a team picture to celebrate our team shirts. :)
|Picture from @kwhobbes' Twitter feed|
What continually impresses me about participating in online conversations on Twitter is the chance to get to know people on a different level - to connect with people's ideas and thoughts before ever meeting in person. I live on a farm and work in a rural school division. Connecting with people in the same way at during the work day is often difficult given the nature of our busy schedules. But for one hour a week, I am able to discuss issues, share links, provide words of encouragement, receive advice, and learn more from a group of inspiring educators. Thanks #saskedchat teachers for continuing to inspire me!
But the connections at the IT Summit didn't quite stop there. Vicki Davis, commonly known as @CoolCatTeacher, travelled to Saskatchewan from her home in Georgia to share her experiences through a number of high-energy presentations. I feel so grateful that I had a chance to get to know Vicki just a little bit during her time here. Vicki is clearly an amazing educator, but more importantly, she is a terrific person! Before her keynote even started on Monday morning, she walked around to tables and asked people questions about themselves and their work. Her warm welcome and southern hospitality was not only inviting, it was inspiring!
Over the two days of her stay in Saskatoon, I had a chance to chat with Vicki (we both have a farming background!) and what I learned is that she is a positive gal with a passion for helping others. I've already started to practice some of her habits (setting timers, using blocks for my to do list) and have a list of recommended readings and links to further my own learning and growth. I am so excited to continue to learn from this amazing woman!
|Just a couple of farm kids :)|
How are you connecting?