Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer adventures: #30Goals E-Conference: Reflections

Somewhere along with the beginning of the year, I got a message from Shelly asking me a simple question: "Would you like to be a keynote at the 1st #30Goals E-Conference?"
My answer: "Who would say no to this?"

So summer came and here I was!
I have to say that I always look forward to these summer conferences! I get to meet people, learn new things.... and #30Goals is not just a movement for me... it's a cause... it's something that keeps me alive.

This time I asked to help out as well.... So I was behind the scenes for Vicky Loras, Marjana Smolec, Naomi Epstein, my "on the air partner" Fabiana Casella and my best friend Christina Chorianopoulou. I got really stressed out because people did not actually ask questions, but expressed themselves with comments and I was not sure which one to mention first!
I got stressed out because some times there were technical issues, like with Vicky when we could not see her slides.

I got to see a lot of wonderful talks starting with 11-year old Joshua Williams and his organization to help poor people.
I got the chance to see my friend Sylvia Guinan describing her wonderful work, which I admire very much!

My "On the air partner" Cristina Silva and all the wonderful student exchanges she takes part in!
I got to meet Rosemary Ribera, Sarah Thomas and Jake Duncan on the rehearsals, I watched (live and recordings) the one and only Tyson Seburn, Rose Bard (I love her calmness) and Debora Tepovich ( I love her energy), Noah Geisel who also said something about the "Be someone's hero"movement, Cecilia Lemos and Teacher Burnout (I have always admired Cecilia btw), Ayat Al Tawal and the work she does with her students and my personal friend Vicky Papageorgiou talking about blogging.

I have to say a big thank you to everyone who mentioned me (I love you guys!!)

Coming to my keynote:

#30 goals hero from Theodora Papapanagiotou

 I talked about my best friend and how he inspired me to do something and raise the awareness of my students on disabilities and chronic conditions. It was not much of educational suggestions and I thought that my keynote should not be strictly about teaching English.
I have to thank Shelly for letting me have this opportunity, for all the badges and her book Learning to Go  and I would gladly be a part of this again (behind or in front of the scenes!)


1 comment:

Ayat Tawel said...

Thank you so much for the mention Dira. You've always been a source of inspiration to lots of educators. Good luck in all you do ♥