Some other gems from NECC this year: Getting a chance to hear Angela Maiers discuss Literacy at NECC Unplugged and discussing it with her afterwards. Angela is passionate about literacy. Literacy is more than learning how to “read” it encompasses all aspects of making meaning. […]
One of the most inspiring sessions that I went to at NECC09 was Chris Lehmann’s session about Progressive Pedagogy and 21st Century Tools. I have followed Chris on Twitter for a while now and knew his reputation as a progressive administrator – but never had […]
Last night the EduBloggersphere was all a twitter about who was “accepted” and who was “rejected” by NECC conference. Today, Vicki Davis writes a passionate post titled “Don’t let acceptance or rejection go to your head”. Vicki reflects about rejection:
The only way to permanently fall is to not get back up. To me, those with the most greatness often go through the greatest rejections of life. And amidst those rejections, they pull themselves together, refocus their understanding of why they’ve been put on this planet, and go on to achieve more than they every would have if they had been “accepted.”
Excellent words. But my concern about who got in and who didn’t creates a divide among us all. Aren’t we all in this together? Why do we have to be “upset” that so-and-so got “rejected” and so-and-so was not. Here is my comment on Vicki’s blog:
Great thoughts, Vicki. Not all sessions can be accepted with over 2000 applications to present at NECC. The “rejection” is more about the growing talent of tech-loving teachers and the camaraderie and eagerness of sharing THAN anyone’s personal ability to give a workshop. Let’s celebrate the interest in NECC and be positive!! It’s not about winners or losers – we all win when there is enthusiasm. We all win when those who were “rejected” take up Steve Hargadon’s offer to share at EduBloggerCon or NECC Unplugged. Come on folks — let’s stop competing — and start collaborating!
Disclaimer: My 1st ever NECC session proposal was accepted and I am thrilled and humbled at the same time. Let’s celebrate LEARNING together!