A teacher friend told me, “Why did you bring students to the conference..that’s where you go to get AWAY from them!” I bit my tongue, but I thought to myself, “Because I LIKE my students, and I want to help them become young professionals.” Isn’t that why we became teachers? To make a difference?
Why Take Students to a Teacher’s Conference?ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) or OETC (Ohio Education Technology Conference) that we recently did. Here’s reasons and hurdles related to why teachers DON’T take students:
- Permission from Parents
- Permission from Administrators
- Funding for Transportation
- Driver to transport students
- Rather than freely enjoying the conference, teacher is in charge of students, accelerating the exhaustion rate.
- Missed opportunity cost, like missed networking during and after-hours events
- Student impact. “That conference changed my entire life Suter. I’m serious. I discovered what I want to do with my life and career, I’m majoring in strategic communications.” – Sarah Baumgartner, class of 2017 at Pandora-Gilboa High School. Local Nerd.
- Student impact: My 3 students this year were approached as the authority on a topic (teaching programming using Minecraft) by teachers. They presented again in the evening on Ohio State University’s campus to reps from code.org, Battelle, university, and K12 teachers on our Student run business, Grit9. They were followed up with as professionals with conversations and emails.
- The. Student. Impact. (On teachers) When brainstorming what’s best for our students, maybe…ask the students? Their perspective is not our own, and that’s the point.