Photography is a passion of mine, I think that is fairly obvious. But every once in awhile I like to clarify that my real job is as a grade one teacher. I love using my photography skills in my class, as well as with other students and colleagues interested in photography. This year my school has made showcasing learning stories a priority and I have been lucky enough to get to photograph stories for a number of other teachers.
This last week, I presented my session, Making Learning Visible: Photographing and Co-Creating Learning Stories, to teachers at the Greater Edmonton Teacher’s Convention. This was my first time with such a formal presentation, but it went really well. I ran out of handouts and I found out later that the session was closed because the room was full. Lots of people were up and shooting, questions were being asked, discussions were taking place and one woman who was debating whether she should go to another session told me at the end that she was so glad she stayed.
Thank you to everyone who came out and listened to me gush about photography and my class. And a special thank you to Dawn, Jodie, and Anya for coming out to support me! I really appreciated having familiar faces in the crowd, even if you did have to go all the way to Harry Ainley!
What did I learn? Well, not surprisingly, it’s really hard to concentrate on taking photos while giving a talk on photography! I would love to see some photos participants took. Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next time, I’ll set up the camera with the interval timer in the back corner to shoot towards me. Luckily, I’ll have another chance when I present this session at ULEAD the Summit of Educational Leadership in May!