This was my 31st of the past 33 Conferences. I missed Toronto the last time NSPI was there – back in the late 1980s. The other missed Conference was in 1981. After the Chapter Leaders Workshop and helping the AV guys find a short video clip excerpt from the middle of a 48 minute speech of NSPI’s founder back at the 25th Anniversary Conference – I got caught up in the hoopla of the Opening Session with the other Past Presidents walking the Red Carpet – and had a great Past President’s Luncheon (my favorite event of the entire conference – due to some quiet time with that gang).
I then helped out with the Speed Mentoring Session with Clare Carey – the founder of this soon-to-be signature event – after another successive 4th.
Then came the Opening Session – where we all watched Gabe Ofiesh – NSPI’s founder – from back in 1987…
I did a bunch of my HPT Practitioner and Legacy Videos – they are coming soon. And I video recorded Joe Harless, Paul Elliott, Al Folsom and Carl Binder at a tribute session to Joe. Then I went to dinner with them – and a bunch of others from Joe’s world. I snapped a bunch of pictures with others and Joe – and then after that was done – realized that I wanted a photo with the two of us – but why I am not smiling is a mystery (probably tired)…
Jumping to the “Research to Practice” Afternoon
Cedar Riener and Harold Stolovitch …
Harold, Ryan Watkins, Dick Clark and Hillary Leigh …
And Hillary Leigh – with someone I cannot recognize – and Mark Bollen (in the middle) and Annette Towler …
Harold kicked the session off with a brief warm up. I understand that this will all be on a DVD that will be for sale at some point.
… dispelled the myth about the Digital Natives – with research data.
… presented 5 myths that he himself had to let go of once confronted with the data…
… spoke about Seductive Elements and how – if relevant – are appropriate – but otherwise not.
… presented on some of the research he has been following this past year related to Learning.
… attempted to dispell the (Designing for accommodating) Learning Styles myth (one of my passions) – although for some – as evidenced by their follow up questions – were resisting the data.
… presented the data on why we hold our beliefs and tend to discard data that contradicts our beliefs – and how to overcome that resistance – based on the data on that!
It’ was great!
It’s All About EBP – Evidence Based Practice!
And that’s a good thing. In fact – it’s a GREAT thing!
Jim Hill – A.K.A.: Mr. Rogers
Jim revived his skit – done last during the end of his term as President – and the beginning of mine – to lots of laughs.
Here he is in The Performance Neighborhood.
Here he is as Mr. Rogers doing a skit as Einstein (wearing my name tag – was his joke) exploring the brain.
Here he is as Mr. Rogers again, with Marci Paino.
Of course – you had to be there – probably both times to get all the inside jokes. But many who had never seen the first iteration – had a lot of fun – as I am sure Jim Hill did as well.
Last Day Wind Down
On the last day I sat in on Klaus Wittkuhn’s session – and that was VERY good!
Here is Klaus with Joe Harless.
I also did a Cracker Barrel Session – on Tips for Pilot-Testing.
But after two delayed flights on Tuesday – I am finally back home.
I am still exhausted.
I came home to this…
So the cycle begins.
Hope to see YOU next year in Reno.
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