I hope you are all having a wonderful year so far! I am loving my new school and my 5th graders! We have been doing so many wonderful things so far this year and I am hoping to be back to share them with you soon! Today though I am sharing all about the trip that has really set the tone for the year for me and inspired me more than any other conference or professional development opportunity I’ve been to… and that is my trip to the Ron Clark Academy!
In October I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to the RCA 2-day teacher conference with some of the most phenomenal teachers I know! Not only was did I get to spend time with these wonderful teachers, but we also experienced the amazing, inspiring energy that RCA exudes every single day!
The following photos will give you a peek into our trip, but I have to preface that by saying that no matter how many pictures you look at, nothing beats actually going there in person to experience RCA first-hand!
Day 1: Thursday
We were greeted by smiling students who gave us name tags and welcomed us to their school. Once the gates opened we were led to the school library, where singing, dancing, and bungie jumping followed! The whole time students were introducing themselves and having conversations with us all about what we teach, where we are from, and our hobbies and interests. These students were the most articulate conversationalists!
I had such an incredible time at RCA and definitely left inspired and motivated! There are so many things that I have taken back to my classroom, including having students stand when they speak or answer a question, creating classroom transformations that bring the curriculum to life for students, and so much more! RCA is all about creating engaging, rigorous opportunities for students to learn and creating a positive culture in your classroom/school. If you have any desire to go, I highly recommend pursuing it! I would go back and visit again in a heartbeat!
Wow, this conference sounds so amazing. I had never heard of Ron Clark until this week when his classroom YouTube that showed him dancing with his students went viral. After reading your post, I want to know more about him. I think I'll start by checking out his books. Thank you for sharing your experience!!! Betsy.
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I use the Essential 55, glad to know there are more books. Thanks for sharing your trip details- very motivating.