BLC18: Making Connections & Learning Fearlessly

What an amazing, exhilarating and inspiring Building Learning Communities Conference! This 19th annual conference organized by November Learning (led by the incredible Alan November) brought together educators from around the world to talk about what the future of education must look like so we can give our students the best chance to succeed in their futures.

After attending and presenting at BLC for the past four years, I can attest to the excitement and enthusiasm it gives me for returning to my classroom to start a new school year. This year’s keynotes were especially exciting: lessons on the importance of social-emotional learning (and with inspiration to tackle it from Dr. Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence), to the uplifting stories from Aaron Polansky and Joy Kirr, to the empowering examples from Ted Dintersmith’s “What School Could Be.”

Special thanks to the November Learning staff who did all the behind-the-scenes work to make everything look effortless so that all those of us in attendance had to do was show up on time and be ready to listen, contribute and learn.

And finally, my sincerest appreciation for those who attended one (or more, and there were some of you!) of my three sessions at #BLC18! As promised, I have attached links to the PDFs of my session PowerPoints below. If you would like to reach out and ask a question or just continue the conversation, please email me at tdunbar@musd.net or follow me on Twitter: @TammyDunbar.

What more could our students learn if we taught fearlessly?

LINKS:

Blue Tickets: Admission to Fearless Learning

Mirror Classrooms: Reflections on Global, Collaborative Learning

Building Blocks of Code: Minecraft & MakeCode.com

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