*I'm trying very hard not to make this sound like an advert, because it really isn't*
So, this is kind of a post about what I've been up to, but it is more about thanking those at NATRE for the fantastic Strictly RE conference the weekend just gone.
Teacher's time is precious enough and the guys at NATRE make sure to thank you for giving up you weekend, which I understand - the thought of getting up at 6am on a Saturday for anything other than catching a flight to somewhere warm and sunny sends a shiver down my spine. However, they make it very easy to give up your free time, especially when they put together such a great day of events.
A thought provoking opening Keynote, which sadly had to be delivered on behalf of an ill Daniel Hugill, set the tone. Ears were keenly listening whilst fingers were busily tapping, tweeting every nugget of information and soon debates were ensuing.
I want to avoid giving a blow-for-blow account of exactly what went down, there were a range of seminars, but I was treated to interesting sessions by the ever engaging Stephen Pett and Lat Baylock, a thorough analysis and break down of the new Specs by Deborah Weston, before finishing off the afternoon with a session from Ben Wood and Joanne Harris on Mastery and SOLO.
These were all great sessions and I came away much, much wiser than when I woke up, bleary eyed early that morning. What is great about conferences like this that NATRE put on is not just the seminars, but the fantastic networking opportunities that arise. I had my fair share of 'Hi, Sam.' *me looking panicked* 'I'm ??? we've spoken on Twitter' my brain slowly piecing things together and being able to dive into thrilling conversations about all things RE and teaching. NATRE not only brought a diverse range of teachers together, they are fostering and building an amazing community.
Thanks guys and I cannot wait until next year.