21 Jul Slice of Life: Making Connections Through Laughter
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Computers packed Check
Books we need Check
Video we need Check
Running shoes Check
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Pack matching outfits for our presentation….
As we unpacked our suitcases it was immediately clear…. we packed a nearly identical outfit for our presentation.
No one will notice
Are you kidding?
I don’t think they are that much alike. I think we are fine.
I think we will look ridiculous
It will be fine. Really, no one will notice.
Well, we were both right. EVERYONE noticed AND it was fine!
What we discovered from this experience was that we connected with more people at this conference than we ever have before. People who attended our session found us throughout the weekend to share a funny story that happened to them. It was more than the usual “Hey, we liked your session” or “Can I ask you about this assessment?” They shared a part of themselves with us. It started with a laugh but then teachers shared their stories about mandates, accountability and over testing. They expressed their fears, frustrations and hopes. They connected with us through laughter.
Our topic was about using formative assessment to find the stories of our readers. We found by sharing a bit of ourselves we learned so much about others. We clearly did NOT plan this, but we could not help but notice that once again taking the time to share one’s story helps build trust, relationships and connections. We want to always remember to take the time to share our story with our students and colleagues and make time to hear theirs. Our students need to know we are listening and we want to hear what they have to say.
Thanks to everyone who laughed, learned and shared their story with us. It was an amazing conference, but next time we will plan our outfits.