I have a new blogging buddy, right over there, top of the list, Beth Holmes. She had an interesting post about education conferences and I contributed this piece:
So much of what I hear at conferences is what I already know. Many times I’m doing even more than they are sharing. Or, the people who are presenting do not work with the same student as I do. The conferences are always far away, at expensive hotels, and I keep thinking about how I could be using this money in my classroom with my students.
Preparing to be away from the classroom is also difficult. For a number of years my team was on the speaking circuit and we realized we were gone more than we were in the classroom. That’s when I said, “if they want to hear what we have to say, they have to come see us.” We had a few years of visitations, but as more people started doing what we were doing, that trailed off. We get about one visitation a year now.