I struggle every time it’s my turn to write a blog post because I guess I feel like everything I have to say has already been said. So in my struggle to write this week’s blog, which is already a week late, I decided to look for something from the conference I just attended.
I just got back from FETC 2020, in Miami, Florida. The conference was good and often I find some quality piece of information to bring back and share. Well, at this conference I attended a session presented by Rushton Hurley. Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He is the author of a few books and believes anyone has the power to change the world.
Rushton’s session started out rocky, he unintentionally interrupted the speaker before him and had to apologize for the mistake. The session was titled “Much Better Staff and Team Meetings”. I thought, hmm, this could have a few pointers for making our meetings better, why not? The session was good, he made some good points about not taking time in a meeting to tell attendees things they can read in an email, make the meeting inspirational, provide something that invokes emotion, leave an impression and highlight teachers doing good things. Well, the power in his presentation was the list of curated resources he provides on his website to use while planning your meeting so the meeting provides a message and has a lingering effect. His site contains resources for teaching citing sources, in addition to, audio, image, video, and presentation resources.
I came back and browsed the resources on his site, https://www.nextvista.org/resources/. I had no idea that this session was going to provide me with a go-to collection of so many thought-provoking resources I could pass along to you, the readers of our blog. If you are looking for inspiration, you can sign-up for his newsletter. Sign up, just do it!
Here are a few of my favorites so far from the collection.