The Second Annual Virtual Conference!

What is at the center of your classroom?

The Virtual Conference is an annual summer event that gives us a chance to step back from the daily challenges of teaching and consider a broader topic. Last year more than a thousand teachers attended and participated in 17 presentations.

The conference is free-form and easy to participate in. Each speaker creates a presentation and presents it on his or her own blog under the title “Virtual Conference.” Each post is added to the convention center index.  Post any day in July to be included!  It’s like an edcamp, online.

This summer’s conference will focus on what drives our teaching. What is at the center of your classroom? What ultimate goal or question motivates your lessons?

You’ll see articles with titles like…

  • Challenges and successes leading a student-centered class.
  • Is there a place for teacher-centered classrooms?
  • Why I keep teaching even though it’s hard.
  • Leading a flipped classroom
  • How I made projects the keystone of my class
  • Giving meaningful feedback
  • Using computers to let students explore
  • The Matrix: Seeing the constructs for what they are; learning the rules so you can break them.

Some of these first set are more specific than others.  They all give glimpses of their authors’ basic pedagogy. That basic pedagogy is what this conference is about: the hearthstones of our classrooms.  Specific advice and experience is always helpful, and there’s also room here for philosophy and general values.

Now, even though they’d be great to write about, at this conference you won’t see titles like…

  • How to write a good calculus test
  • Five ways to keep kids in line
  • How I use [sweet iPad app] to do [something great]

This second set of posts sound useful, but this summer’s conference will focus on the bigger questions of “What do we hold most important for our classes?” and “How can we better focus on that?”

Everyone is invited to share their ideas!  All you have to do is write an article, or make a video, or record a podcast, and publish it on your blog!

If you have questions, please leave them in the comments or email me at

4 thoughts on “The Second Annual Virtual Conference!”

  1. In how many unique and different ways can one man make positive and virtual contributions to the national dialogue on teaching? Riley Lark strives to shatter his own annual record.

    – Elizabeth (aka @cheesemonkeysf on Twitter)

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