The IB workshop was the best professional development I've ever had. It was the workshop I'd been waiting to go to without realising. It came at the right time in my professional life, making me finally realise the direction I wanted to go. I met many new people and made new connections which I hope will last for a long time in my career.
I also attended a session by Gavin Fausset, where he focussed on warm up games and keeping students active. He decided to measure how much time he talked vs how much activity time the participants had. He wanted us to be mindful about the time we spend talking in class and to keep it to a minimum. This is one thing I am constantly aware of and trying to improve as a teacher. Make your talking time count and making the students think about what you are saying is important. But I also believe it is important for students to be physically active.
What are the important things in your teaching that could make a difference to your students? How can they better learn from your teaching? Is there anything in your teaching that you feel it is time to make better?
Being inspired by many people over the last few weeks only drives me on to continue to do what I am doing. I really do want to continue my search of improving as a teacher and presenter.
Over the years, and even now, there have been so many times when I wonder if what I am doing is worth it. If what I am doing will make a difference. If what I am doing will lead others to be inspired.
I realised though, that you must keep on living your dreams and and strive to do what you think is best with the support of those around you. Above all else, you have one life and this is the only time you can live your dreams.