Music festival season is right around the corner! Sun-kissed skin, music for the soul, interconnectedness, and a recharging of our batteries. If you have ever been to a music festival, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s all about the anticipation of the event, listening to the headliners, being introduced to other bands, and making connections to other concertgoers. Professional learning conferences for educators—like the Annual Model Schools Conference—function in much the same way. Here’s how you can take advantage of these kinds of opportunities.
Tickets Secured. Anticipation. Go!
Try to get away from the internet, I dare you! Honestly, unless you are living an 18th-century puritan life or you're at my school site during testing time, we are connected to other people...online...all the time. Much like you, I’m sure, my Twitter feed is full of people whom I’ve never met but really feel like I know. We talk, we share educational links and memes—we are friends! It’s the interconnectedness of the internet!
Once registration to the big event is secured, we share the exciting news with our online forums. “Who else is going?” we eagerly ask. We start planning the event out, and the anticipation begins to build. Everything we discuss online—it all has a chance to come to fruition. It’s not only the event that adds to the buildup but also the chance to connect with our online community. Whether you’re an educator or a music festival goer (or both!), at this stage you likely view the event as a chance to grow and step out of the internet and onto a real platform.