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2019

Last week I was lucky enough to go to the sold out CanvasCon in Sydney. It was a great opportunity to: 

  • meet colleagues I usually only collaborate with online 
  • put faces to names 
  • swap stories and ideas 
  • meet a true Canvas rock star Renee Carney  
  • soak up Canvas enthusiasm 
  • hear about what’s coming for Canvas 
  • celebrate what has happened in the last year 

 

So many gem-filled moments. But one little nugget has been on my mind a lot. Jared Stein mentioned during his keynote speech how powerful Canvas is for self-assessment and self-adjustment. The penny dropped, I realised I have missed some golden opportunities with reflections and feedback. Opportunities where learners, and teachers, can take steps towards adjusting and improving even more consciously. I'm going to make that happen more often now. I'd love to know how others are incorporating opportunities for self-adjustment in their Canvas spaces. 

 

Thanks Jared Stein for the pearl of wisdom. I even managed to weave it into our workshop with the wonderful Craig Nicholls. Self-adjustment is something that I think needs to be talked about more. 

I’m using my iPhone and iPad but can’t get quests to work for me.

When I first started using Canvas I approached the Canvas Community as a source of wisdom and much needed nourishment. Little did I know the treasure I’d discover, the friends I’d make and the things I’d learn. 

 

Much less did I realise that the stories and tips I had to share would make a difference to others. Receiving messages of thanks for helping others and sharing my insights and experiences has blown me away, as has the depth of conversation generated by discussions I have initiated or blogs I have written.

 

I have loved that even though it’s all about Canvas – it isn’t really. It’s about the learners. It’s about developing ourselves as better teachers. And we even squeeze in time to share jokes – I love that.

 

Through all of this Canvas Community sharing I have grown as a teacher, as a learner and as a person. I’ve made discoveries, challenged myself and been able to help others.

 

My one wish is to hear from others in the community about their ideas and experiences. Taking that first step is daunting but I’m so glad I made mine.