It was my first time ever outside Europe.
It was my first time ever traveling on my own....(so when my flight was cancelled and my bagage was not where I was, I was so happy to have my dutch ADE's who were already there and helped me out, waited for me, arranged clothes and toothbrush for my couldn't feel better!)
I didn't know what to expect.
The general sessions were great, amazing and inspirational. The workshops gave me new inspiration and the project collaboration with our homeroom groups were nice because there was time to have the small talks, the expierence exchange and the stories from the classroom. Classroom stories were also told during showcases: I'm getting goose pimples all over again when I think back to them. ADE after hours (specially the Battle Mania) were energetic and inspirational. The best tip: use of shortcuts from Mary Kemper.
During breaks there was more time to connect. I learned al lot about the educational system in the US from Karrin Burns and Kristen Brooks, thank you for that!
Joonas Väisänen told me all about the Finnish school-system (spoiler: it's not that good as most people in the Netherlands think!) thank you for that Joonas!
With Matt Fuller I had these great chats about 'what need a teacher to know and how can he learn that', we talked about Lev. Vygotsky and how you can make visual where you stand on the path of learning and what your next move can be. This is an idea that keep swirling around in my head, I'm not done with it yet....
In my homeroom group I learned a lot from Lisa Johnson, she showed me her work-flow with sketches+canva+thinglink+blog what a brilliant idea! Take a look at her blog for tons of inspiration!
The late-night chats with Marta Ruiz Benito were heart warming!
I made a deal with Koen Mariën : this year we will visit each others school!
Huge shoutout for Aram Schalm who took the time for Bronwyn Desjardins , Sari Lantto and me to tell us all about managed Apple ID's and the new schoolwork app!
This event gave me enough inspiration and energy to start again. I'm looking forward to turn all the inspirations into actions! That's what this institute was about for me: get inspired to inspire others.
Thank you Matt Baier Maxx Judd Peter Ford Jeff Vardy you were excellent hosts!