For the past five years, mid-February has brought with it a sense of anticipation and excitement. The sun is back, the days are getting a little longer, and ASTE is right around the bend. I first attended in 2012 as a rather timid teacher, unsure of what I’d signed myself up for, and will return in 2018 as an ASTE board member. How wild!
With this year’s theme of Selfie, I found a lot of self reflection throughout the sessions: How can I present information more effectively? What’s missing from my current bag of tricks? Will this method help me further the learning in my district? And as always, I ended each day buzzing with possibility and excitement to implement and share everything I’d learned.
This year I also finally decided to partake in the ASTE credit course, which I found is a great way to continue that good ‘ol ASTE feel well past the conference, as well as encourage action to really put what you’ve learned to use. If you’re short on credits for renewal (and even if you’re not!) I highly recommend it!
One of my favorite things about ASTE is the people it brings together, from the keynote speakers (and may I say this year they knocked it out of the park with Jennie, George, and Alice) to the presenters to the teacher you just met sitting next to you in a session (but get talking long enough and you’ll find you share at least three friends… Alaska truly is the smallest state). I get to hear brilliant stories and techniques as well as see amazing products of innovation and hard work through the iDidaContest and evening showcases. I get so invigorated and inspired and am going to do my best to make sure I see more from my district represented next year!
Speaking of next year, I am SO excited and honored to have been elected into the ASTE board as the Northern Representative. I know it’s going to be a ton of work (as all great things are), but I am truly looking forward to working with an amazing team of people to bring about the best ASTE 2018 possible! Get excited, friends, it’s going to be AWESOME!
I leave you now with one of the quotes that struck a chord with me from George Couros’ keynote: “If a kid leaves school less curious than they started we have done them a huge disservice.” This is my new mantra and drive, to urge curiosity and inspire innovation!