21st Century Learning International hosted a
21st Century Learning International hosted a springtime TeachMeet at Avenues: The World School‘s Sunmax Learning Innovation Center this week. Over 65 educators from around Shenzhen attended the event which brought together professional development through the sharing of ideas and successes.
Justin Hardman kicked off the evening which was followed by Andrew Torris sharing the ideas and concepts of Avenues: The World School with attendees. What followed was actually a magical experience. By design, a TeachMeet is supposed to promote educators sharing good practice, practical innovations and personal insights into teaching. I’ve been to many TeachMeets in the past, but this one was unique because of the beautiful blending of cultures.
This TeachMeet wasn’t a perceived popularity contest – it wasn’t about the perceived “biggest” – it wasn’t about the perceived “best” – this was about bringing educators together from around the world that just happen to be residing in Shenzhen and having them share what they are most passionate about.
Ideas shared were beautiful. Carlos Galvez (founder of #PubPDAsia)
actually got this multicultural exchange going with his ideas on Angles and Perspectives. Hilariously, he began by showing a great picture of his wife presenting last week at 21CLI, but his perspective was quite different… he only saw his bald spot. Bless… and with that he shared the benefits of drone videotaping of sports events and practices with students so that they can self-assess and grow.
A few teachers from Avenues then shared how they are truly implementing
the concepts behind the Avenues World Elements in their planning and in their classrooms. What’s amazing is that for a few of them, English is their second language. They were delightful risk-takers though and took any fear they had and used it to drive their messages successfully.
Megan Kuemmerlin successfully followed our risk-takers by sharing #goscared. The idea of feeling professionally safe enough and encouraged enough to try something different in your classroom is a keystone to professional growth.
Ceci Gomez-Galvez opened the door for all participants at this event to get on Twitter. Why? DESC!!! Connecting with our colleagues around the world helps us:
All in all, it was a great evening of professional learning! Next time, I hope we can bring even more people in from different schools around Shenzhen! Our coalition of the willing group was strong this time and we even brought in a few first-timers for teachers for TeachMeet. Next time, we’ll even have more!