This year’s North Central Teachers’ Convention Association (NCTCA) Convention’s theme was Achieving Change Together. It was held at the Shaw Conference Centre and Westin Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta February 10th and 11th, 2011.
I found this year’s sessions to be very inspirational and educational.
Thursday attractions saw me attending:
Good to Gold! Achieving a Gold Medal Mind by Lori-Ann Muenzer. One of Canada’s top performers at the 2004 Olympic Games, Lori-Ann Muenzer captured a gold medal in Athens with her outstanding performance in the women’s Match Sprint finals. With her Olympic victory, Muenzer became the first Canadian to bring home a gold medal in cycling.
What an amazing feat for a 38 year old to come away from an Olympic event with a gold medal, and how inspirational to hear Lori-Ann describe her trials and tribulations. It makes you realize that you really can do anything you set your mind too- through a huge commitment and a lot of hard work. She is a Canadian woman of great skill, daring, and strength.
Finding Wisdon in the Face of Chronic Illness by Marilyn Hundleby was a session that I felt I needed to personally attend with events that are occuring in my own life. The session was very insightful and I came away with a new understanding of how to come to terms with, and gracefully deal with, things that we cannot change.
Life Patch- How to Hit Life’s Reset Button by Alan W. Goff Passion, Action, Tenacity, Compassion, and Heart – all characterisitic on how to help deal with daily stresses we come across in the education field.
Friday’s sessions I attended included:
Teaching the Facebook Generation by Tod Maffin Tod had a look at how technology is enhancing our students as well as ways that it could be inhibiting them. One of the most mind boggling statistics I heard was that driving and talking on the phone (handheld or handfree) equates to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08. I also came away with a new perspective on how some social sites, such as Facebook, can be used to engage our students – somethings I would not have considered on my own.
Turning Disabilities Into Possibilities by Cory Johnson Cory is a truly amazing human being who definitely had the correct perspective on disability! He is courageous for sharing his perspectives with us, and I appreciated his point of view.
Transformatin Through Compassion by Amanda Lindhout Alberta-born journalist Amanda Lindhout spent more than 15 months held by gunmen in Somalia. She was released in January 2008. One of the most heart touching sessions of the entire conference was the chance to hear Amanda speak of her kidnapping experience in Somalia! What an amazing person she is, to have been able to come through her ordeal and be so focussed on helping out others! Such an inspiration!
Achieving Change by Putting Humour to Work! by Michael Kerr A much needed look at humour after the heavy topics of the morning. How refreshing to re-affirm that there is humour is good for the heart and can be found everywhere- all you have to do is look for it. Fortunate for me, I am already part of a work family that loves to laugh together. What a difference this fun-loving atmosphere has on my wanting to come to work each day!
It was also an opportunity to socialize with my colleagues and get re-freshed for the next part of the school year! Not much longer now and we will be into the next reporting period.