Two persons per hose
Controlling the direction of the water
Water under pressure
Water, attempting to be free
Water, a necessary solution
Two persons per fire hose.
As a volunteer firefighter for a decade in our rural community, our equipment was a bit different. We had a tanker truck. Our rural community typically had more grass fires or equipment fires than building fires. Our weapons were gunnysacks that starved the oxygen fuel as we beat it out. Time and wind were our enemies. We would curse a wind shift that accelerated the fires advance through a hay field. We would cheer a wind shift that sent the tongues of fire back over acres already burnt black – seeking out tiny morsels to feed its appetite.
Capable of carrying steady streams of life-saving water
Requiring two trained firefighters to control their aim.
Tools found in fire stations around the world.
Conduits connecting harsh realities with an opportunity for redemption.
And yet yesterday I tweeted out:
Attending the #NCTE21 conference was like “drinking from a fire hose,”
Words, concepts, ideas, discussion and even “break out rooms a la Zoom”.
Zoom fatigue set in after a point. Trying to catch every word. Every resource. Forgetting to move during breaks. The rush to set up for the next session. The fear of sessions closing.
However, Zoom access is critical for the survival of face to face conferences with 300+ sessions that are all worthy of attendance and necessary for learning.
The program was extensive. Some webinars were “live”. Some webinars were pre-recorded. Time to attend. Time to listen and learn. Time to process. Time to plan to use that learning. Time and a new era of learning for thousands of educators. The program. https://convention.ncte.org/
Where and how will you recharge? Extend your professional learning? Extend your collegial network? What does your future learning look like?
A summary of previous NCTE posts . . . link (NCTE19 – 3 posts) Learning is social. Learning is “writeable”.
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