I was so lucky to be able to attend the 2017 ACTFL Convention in Nashville. Not only did I learn a lot from the engaging sessions I attended, I met some people who are quite passionate about our profession. For me, the ACTFL Convention is a time where I get to forget about the mundane aspects of teaching and reignite the fire I have for some of the bigger picture issues.
Last year, since my littlest had just turned 2 months old, I didn’t get to attend and had serious FOMO as I followed the #actfl16 hashtag on Twitter. This year, I wanted to make it a point to share as much as I could with those who could not be there. If you attended ACTFL (or a local conference/workshop) this year, I encourage you to join me in spreading the word about what you learned. Here are some quick ways to share your soundbites:
Twitter moments are a underutilized gem! Moments make it easy for users to easily curate tweets that can then be shared with others, even if they aren’t on Twitter. Rather than grouping all of my favorite tweets into one huge moment, as I’ve done in the past, this year I decided to group them into different themes. Check out my Twitter Moments from #actfl17 (click on the image to be brought to the Moment):
Create a Newsletter
My colleague Sarah Lindstrom had the wonderful idea of creating a department newsletter. She asked all of the teachers from our district who attended the convention to submit their top takeaways which she compiled all into a newsletter. Consider creating your own newsletter with your takeaways.
Write a Blog Post
Don’t have a blog? No problem! Ask your favorite blog if you can be a guest author. If blogs aren’t your thing, consider asking your state or regional language association if you can write an article for their newsletter. Most state and regional organizations would love to have more active participation from their membership.
Share in Facebook Groups
Facebook groups for language teachers are often a great way to reach a large number of teachers. Writing a quick post with your top few takeaways or soundbites is a sure way to spread your learning beyond the conference. Do you have a favorite Facebook group that you belong to? Share it in the comments to encourage others to join!