I enjoy attending the annual STEM institute at Laguardia High School, but am little overwhelmed by the crowds. I don’t know many people, and am a little shy about approaching others. I also get frustrated trying to get into already filled workshops. This year, I decided to take action: I volunteered to monitor a hallway, and when a last minute opportunity came up, I volunteered to speed share a lesson. Both were outside of my comfort zone, but worked: I talked to many people helping them through the halls, even though at first I had no idea where I was sending them. My favorite is when I shared my lesson on student digital portfolios created in Google sites. I really enjoyed presenting and listening to ideas from very encouraging colleagues, and plan to do it again.
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