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BLC Confumentary: On super powers for the classroom

I’ve spent the past week at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities in Boston. 

This month, so filled with conferences, brought me back to a long-ago summer when I was ten.  At the same time the World’s Fair landed in New York, I was due to go to summer camp.  Though the family went without me while I was away, I got my fill of the fair after camp. 

Both were overwhelming experiences.

While NECC was the World’s Fair for me–overwhelming and exciting and thrilling,  BLC was the best of summer camp experiences.  More intimate, BLC was a place I was better able to establish connections and solidify friendships and share ideas. We sang on the bus and we danced on the boat.

Like that Cowboy Boot video I recorded at NECC, the video above will give you a feel of the energy we shared in Boston, as well as a little taste of the fun we had. (Is confumentary too confusing a term?)

Coming next:  My Pandora presentation podcast and reflections on some of the amazing speakers I heard.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. Cheri Toledo says:

    Thanks Joyce – this was good to hear, there are definitely some themes that reflect what’s going on with teachers and students.

  2. Liz Davis says:

    Joyce thanks so much for featuring my dancing abilities so prominently in your video. I am hoping that someone from “So You Think You Can Dance” will see this and give me a call.

    Thanks also for attending Edubloggercon East, contributing to my learning last week at the BLC conference and for being such a great dance partner. I wish I had had a camera on you!

    You are an inspirational leader in the field. Your presentation was wonderful. I love the way you work with the Pandora metaphor and wove a story into your talk. You really modeled good teaching practice within a very structured conference environment.

    I also love the way you bring humor to our work. The video is great. It would be interesting to collect data on the superpowers mentioned. I just might do that. Stay tuned.
    -Liz

  3. joycevalenza says:

    Phew! Thanks, Liz. I was secretly worried that you’d be upset that I shared your dance secret with the world! I hope you get that call and many others crying out for your to share your talents with the world. So great getting to know you better!

  4. Vicki Michigan says:

    Joyce:

    I really enjoyed your session. The Pandora connection helped me to see how important it is to empower students to explore their own learning opportunities. Your Web 2.0 suggestions were terrific and I hope to use many of them in my classroom this year.

  5. Vicki Michigan says:

    Joyce:

    I really enjoyed your session. The Pandora connection helped me to see how important it is to empower students to explore their own learning opportunities. Your Web 2.0 suggestions were terrific and I hope to use many of them in my classroom this year.

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