December CAST Ramblings
Happy Holidays Science Educators! I am sitting in my living room surrounded by the chaos of the end of the Thanksgiving holiday and the beginning of the Winter Holidays. I am thankful for my friends, family, fellow CAST board and CAST members. My family participated in a hockey tournament over the Thanksgiving break and I believe we had 9 hockey games over 9 days. It is a good thing I like watching my boys play!
If you had the opportunity to attend the Colorado Science Conference this year, I bet you would agree that it was great professional development! As always, they put on quite an event and this year, I believe it was one of their best. I loved getting to participate in a few professional development sessions while also manning the CAST booth throughout the day. As an elementary educator, I was particularly pleased with the amount of options for K-6 teachers. I have been attending the conference for about 5 years now and the amount of options for elementary educators has continued to grow every year. I also had the opportunity to deliver several awards to some amazing science educators during the Award Ceremony. What a stellar group of science teachers we have here in Colorado!
As we look forward to the New Year, try to think of what you want to improve upon in education. I look forward to being your new CAST president and also plan on attending a few classes that will benefit my school and class. I plan on attending a few EleSTEMary classes (if you haven’t tried one of these yet, you have got to go to one!), will participate in the Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium as a Teacher Liaison for the 9th year in a row, and plan to reach out to CDE and Maya Garcia for ways that I can help Elementary teachers with the transition to the new Science Standards. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?