This year I attended my 4th summit in a row. That seems crazy to speak out loud, because it seems like yesterday I was the unsure, nervous, insecure teacher entering Naugle Hall to the loud applause of the welcome wagon. Becoming a #kti2015 Star was a humbling, empowering, and inspiring process. I met amazing educators from across PA whom I’d been admiring from afar and found a cohort of educators with a like minded outlook on tech and innovation. I wanted to bottle the energy up and drink it down daily like a can of pop.
Returning these past 3 years as a lead learner has been the most rewarding of experiences. Lighting the spark in a room full of educators and watching as the spark grows into the inferno throughout the week is an intoxicating experience. Not only because we help reinvigorate a teacher’s passion for his/her profession, but bc the summit will touch and impact countless students across PA that have the pleasure of being taught by #kti2018 Stars and other #ktifamily who are shining inside and out from their shared summit experiences.
My greatest takeaway from these moments is we need to stay proud of our profession and share our stories. Educators are warriors advocating for our students’ future successes. In a day and age when the press and social media latches onto every ugly blemish, we need to praise our fellow educators and share the successes that happen daily. As educators we need to take back control of our narrative and give it a first person perspective. Yes there are bad apples and bad decisions, but there are so many more moments of magic! Let’s celebrate those and the educational professionals who foster this magic for their students daily!