Here are pointers to video recordings of some of the teachers' showcases. Here are three that I was inspired by, and finally the link to all of the videos that I found.
- Sarietjie Musgrave - South Africa
- Nathan Kerr - New Zealand
- Tom Fitzsimmons & Ciaran McLaren - Northern Ireland
To see all the videos click on any of the above videos and below the video you will see a link "WWITF" that will take you to the rest.
To learn more about the incredible work the teachers did, and to join, click Innovative Teachers Forum. Once signed in, go to the Communities page, and join the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum 2008 - Teacher community.
I'm in Asia this week attending a most fantastic conference - the 4th Annual Worldwide Innovative Teachers' Forum in Hong Kong.
This evening (in about 45 mins actually) marks the end of an absolutely AWESOME week - we are about to leave the hotel for the gala dinner, where (per the link above) we will celebrate the accomplishments of the wonderful and inspiring educators that participate in the Innovative Teachers' Network, and recognize the winners of the best exemplars of Collaboration, Community and Content. There's a fourth category, Educators' Choice as well.
We also witnessed the election of the new President of the United States this week (not sure if anyone noticed that:)), and it was so wonderful to see the global interest and heartfelt support for the new President-Elect. Knowing that Education and Educators is one of Barak Obama's top five priorities as he takes over is wonderful news.
My first experience with this amazing community of educators (they number more than 1.5 million (yes, million!) from over 100 countries) was around this time last year in Helsinki, which is where the previous event was held, and I hope I have the opportunity to be wherever the next Forum is held.
These wonderful people are my heroes. They prove to me in no uncertain terms that the single most critical element to ensuring that present and future generations of students are well cared for and prepared for their destinies is educators.
If every educator in the world (irrespective of wealth, urban, rural, social, political circumstances) is like the 100+ people I had the privilege to meet this week, our children and their children are in the best hands.
It is a crime that our society (with few exceptions around the world) cares so little for the men and women that put their blood, toil, tears and sweat into becoming teachers. We must do more, they deserve recognition, reward, and reassurance of our support and commitment to them and their work.