Yes I am! And I’m really excited about it, partly because I am going to Singapore (I’ve only every seen the inside of the airport there) and partly because it is shaping up to be a great conference.
As you would know from reading my blog, I am a passionate Middle Years teacher and any conference that will continue to hone my skills and increase my knowledge about teaching teens fires me up. This particular conference will have the added bonus of focusing on some different elements of education (for me). In part, that includes the chance to check out international schools, where students and staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. I’m expecting it will be a bit like having the world squished into a single school campus… Hence the conference title, I guess: Global Students, Real Solutions.
If you’d like details on the conference, please have a look HERE.
If you’re attending, please let me know so we can plan to catch up for a coffee.
On another note… I’m planning our annual Year Eight camp which will take the kids a few hours away and provide them with some activities designed to build relationship, develop team dynamics, and offer some personal challenges to stretch the kids.
Each year I ask myself why we do this. I know what I want the kids to get out of a time like this but, given the restrictions of time and the (sometimes disappointing) limitations of the camp facilitators, we often don’t quite get there…
What do you do regarding outdoor education and extra-curricula activities like camps? What have you found that works effectively for students development and growth? What are your goals and how do you ensure you meet them?
I’d love to get your ideas.