The Virtual Conference on Soft Skills has come to an end. Thanks for participating! The presentations will stay up indefinitely, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to read all of them yet, you don’t need to worry.
I want to give a special thank you to the presenters of the conference: thank you. Treating other people well is hard, and showing other people how to treat other people well is even harder. This is our job as teachers, and this is our jobs as adults; we have to create the world we want to live in, and we do it one classroom at a time, one student at a time, and, you know, one interaction-with-a-cashier at a time. We use these skills all the time, not just in our classrooms, and I’m grateful that there are so many people thinking about them.
To those of you who aren’t sharing yet, on a blog or in some other form, please start soon. We all need help, and we all have help to give. If you don’t feel like you have anything to share yet, well, start figuring something out. If you don’t think you’re qualified to share, well, you’re wrong.
There were 17 presentations in the conference, which is great. Pick your own topic and organize your own conference! This conference probably took me about 5 or 6 total hours to organize and administer. It was great publicity for me and everyone who presented… give it a whirl! It’s been fun. But now, I’m excited to get back to my usual blogging style and schedule. Next post: defining “fluency.” Ooooh!