About 5 years ago, I led some professional development sessions with my (former) principal and another fifth grade teacher. Together, we collaborated on our reading strategies powerpoint and divided up the responsibilities of the presentation. It was a lot of work…but very, very rewarding. I still remember the positive feedback teachers gave me about the information/ideas I shared. It was after that presentation, that I had my principal come up to me and tell me, “You know, you will be presenter one day. It will be your career.” I was flattered and humbled to hear him tell me those words. At the time, I didn’t know what to think about his words. Flash forward to 2015….
Last spring, Staff Development for Educators contacted me about presenting at the Illinois Conference for First Grade Teachers. I remember getting the email and I was elated!!!! I was so excited at the opportunity of being the presenter for a session about my passion—-READING!!! Better yet, Rockin’ Reading Workshop!
I am not going to lie, it was a A LOT of work. A LOT of work. In fact, I had no idea how much time and energy I would be putting into the 75 minute presentation. Creating my powerpoint, gathering all my anchor charts/materials, practicing my presentation, figuring out technology- there was so much to think about! I was so nervous about not knowing what exactly to expect!
As soon as I arrived at my room, set up my materials, got my technology working…I knew it was going to be a fun and great experience. And as soon as I started talking, well…let’s just say that I could go all day.
I had a jam packed room full of educators who came to hear me (ME!?!?) talk about a topic that I am so passionate about!! Words can’t express how appreciative I was to see those teachers taking pictures, writing notes, and asking questions about the ideas I presented. Having the opportunity to help other teachers, in person, not through a blog/email/teachers pay teachers purchase…is an incredible feeling.
Another perk to presenting is the opportunity to meet and connect with other Teacher Bloggers! I had a wonderful time meeting Katie (from Little Warriors; Kindergarten Blog) and Jessica (from Wild About Firsties). These two ladies helped calm my “first official time” presenting jitters!