Teacher candidates walked the stairs or took the elevator up to the 2nd floor at the Schwan’s Regional Event Center (REC) the day before the BIG conference to practice a run-through of their presentations. The majority of them had never seen the upstairs to the REC…where the suites at the SMSU football stadium are located. Many walked through the venue admiring and just taking it all in. The best comment made that morning was when a teacher candidate sat down in one of the chairs where the keynote would take place and with a big smile on her face she said, “I feel so important.”
That is what a positive environment can do for us. When I shared with my friend what this young gal had said, my friend added: “a hospitable environment can equal significant outcomes.” It sure can, Mel! The REC was a hospitable venue to host our 3rd Annual Education Action Research Conference, and we most certainly celebrated the significant outcomes of the keynote speaker, the presenters, the evaluators, the tech supporters, and the visitors.
The teacher candidates did a marvelous job of presenting the projects they conducted during their yearlong studies at rural schools in Minnesota. From Graphic Organizers and Story Mapping to Digital Flashcards and Word Walls, these action researchers provided insights on the outcomes of when literacy strategies are implemented into elementary classrooms.
Congrats, Action Researchers. Accolades to ALL on a job well done! 🙂