I am writing from Seattle today as I attend the National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference. As an Arizona principal, I am very happy that it hasn't rained yet. As I come towards the end of my 4th year as an elementary school principal, I can say that much of my development as a school leader has come through attending national conferences. The networking, learning, and experiences gained through attending a conference with 3,000 other principals is amazing.
Yesterday, I felt the joy of teaching in a poignant way. Dr. Jan and I taught a session on blogging. Not knowing if anyone would show up, we were pleasantly surprised that every one of the 24 computers was filled with a principal who had never blogged before. To top it off, 10 others sat in the back to watch and listen. It was an exhilarating feeling as these 24 principals created a blog by the time we were done. It was great to have the support of Glenn Malone as he shared some of his experiences and walked around the room with us helping those who had questions. I left the computer room yesterday imbued with a new sense of teaching other school leaders about Web 2.0. Yesterday, I was reminded why I got into education to begin with: I wanted to teach. And I still do.