March 31, 2013

Twitter friends are like movie stars

Have you ever had the chance to meet your favorite celebrity? To shake his or her hand and even have a casual chat over lunch? I have. . . well, sort of.

I recently attended the ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago. This was a tremendous weekend, filled with fun and learning opportunities. As an ASCD author and presenter, I spent time with luminaries at the education publishing and professional development giant, including the publisher, editors, department heads, publicists and other authors. These people are solid professionals and smart educators. I presented on results-only learning, signed copies of my book, Role Reversal, and I even participated in a videotaped interview for the ASCD website. All of these were thrilling experiences.

The most amazing part of the weekend, though, was meeting people I interact with often on Twitter, people I hadn't met in person until the conference. I have communicated on Twitter and via email with some of my favorite authors and thought leaders -- people like Daniel Pink, Alfie Kohn and Donalyn Miller. Meeting any of these remarkable people would be thrilling, for sure, but I felt no less awed, when I met some key educators I follow on Twitter.

At the ASCD author press luncheon, which I was honored to be part of as a new book writer, I sat down with @TomWhitby, Steven Anderson (@web20classroom), Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher), @KristenSwanson and @PaulaWhite, among others. These people may not be as recognizable as Pink or Kohn, but they are clebrities in education to me, and meeting them in person was sort of like talking to movie stars.

They may not be seen walking the red carpet at the Oscars -- though some might mistake Swanson for Kate Beckinsale and Stumpenhorst for Brad Pitt -- but these intelligent teachers, bloggers and speakers are true celebrities in their field.

So, when you get the chance to meet the fantastic educators you follow on Twitter, enjoy the experience, and be careful not to be starstruck.


Cross-posted at ASCDEDge

Don't miss Mark's book ROLE Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, now available in the ASCD store, Barnes & Noble and at Amazon.com

March 10, 2013

Meet me at the ASCD Conference

The ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is just days away. The ASCD Conference, at McCormick Place in Chicago, features amazing speakers, including Maya Angelou, Sandra Day O'Connor and Carol Dweck, to name a few. There are over 400 plenary sessions throughout the weekend.

As an ASCD author and presenter, I will conduct a session, based on my new book, Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom. I'm hoping to meet readers of the book, this blog and any of my Twitter followers, who may be attending the conference.

Where to meet 

My session: I'm presenting on Sunday, March 17th, at 8 AM in room S103D in the McCormick Center. Learn more about my session here

ASCD book signing: McCormick level 3 Exhibit Floor. I'll be signing my book at the ASCD center immediately after my session -- roughly 9:30 AM.

In and around the conference at McCormick Place: Saturday and Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, I'll be attending sessions at the ASCD Conference and strolling around the Exhibit Center. Please feel free to stop me anywhere to chat.

At the Hyatt at McCormick Place: When not attending sessions, shopping at the Exhibit Center or presenting, I'll be relaxing at one of the entertainment areas (restaurants/bars/coffee shops) at the Hyatt, adjacent to McCormick Place.

See you at the conference. 


Don't miss Mark's book ROLE Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, now available in the ASCD store, Barnes & Noble and at Amazon.com

Role Reversal book now available

A project that has truly been a labor of love, my book, Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, is finally finished and is now available to the public.

Nearly three years in the making, Role Reversal is based on the creation of what I call a Results Only Learning Environment, or ROLE. If you've read this blog at all, you are likely familiar with the concept of results-only learning -- a system that eliminates all traditional teaching methods, in favor of a student-centered, progressive classroom.

Gone are lecture, worksheets, homework, class discipline and even grades. Role Reversal provides evidence of success from many leading education researchers, practical experience of the author, yours truly, and, most important, anecdotal support from the ROLE's most treasured stakeholders -- students.

Please check out Role Reversal today, and feel free to add a review to one of the linked sites below or to this post.

I truly believe Role Reversal can change teachers' lives, much as transforming my classroom changed my life and the lives of my students.


Don't miss Mark's book ROLE Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, now available in the ASCD store, Barnes & Noble and at Amazon.com