This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity of presenting Wonderopolis to the family members of Norfolk Public Schools. It was exciting to see so many parents attend the workshops and show interest in their child’s education.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Adolph Brown. He was engaging, fun, and full of “real talk” for parents and educators. It was a great way to kick off such an important event and even though I’ve seen him speak several times, each time is like a new experience. After his invigorating presentation, we were released to our break out sessions.
I hurried past confused and lost parents trying to make their way to their sessions and made it to my classroom before my “students” got there. There’s nothing worse than getting to the session and seeing people sitting in the room waiting on the presenter. That just screams unprofessional to me.
So, I speed walked like a maniac, got to the classroom and stood outside of the classroom and not two seconds later a parent shook my hand and said, “it’s so nice to see people prepared. I just walked out of the session I originally signed up for because the presenter looked frazzled.”
Little did she know I was the same way only moments before!
After a couple of minutes of people streaming into my session, my sign up sheet showed that I had 75 people total attend. That is wonderful! 75 parents and family members I was able to reach and encourage in the name of Wonderopolis and it really was a great feeling.
We discussed so much in our session, but the basics of the session was how to implement simple literacy tips, ways to incorporate wonderopolis into daily lessons and at-home life, we discussed simple and free (to low cost) field trips families could go on to connect real world lessons to wonderopolis and beyond.
I am still waiting on pictures, but as soon as I get them I’ll post them.
I hope to be afforded more opportunities like this to present Wonderopolis and literacy ideas to parents because if we can reach the parents and form a partnership, our educational system would be stronger than its ever been.
Thanks for reading and remember to always wonder!