The 2022 think! conference is all about the power of believing … believing that there is important work in playing with new ideas, cultivating curiosity, and taking risks to make good things happen. This year’s think! conference creates space for educators to wonder, to laugh, to learn, to play, and, ultimately, to believe in how we can make school more successful for more kids.
believe in play
Together, we’ll explore what our classrooms could be like if we were less fixated on answer-giving and more committed to learning through play, pondering the why, and exploring the what ifs. When we create opportunities for kids to play with their ideas, solve puzzles, debate, and struggle productively and then “get it,” we rekindle one of the most fundamental elements of learning – curiosity.
believe in curiosity
Cultivating curiosity is so important for kids (and adults)! Curious minds are active, observant of new ideas, and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Curiosity paves the way for engagement. And when we are engaged, we learn. We look beyond the first answer and wonder if there is another way. Curiosity means we keep open minds, ask more questions, make more connections, and take more risks.
believe in risk-taking
Risk-taking is about trying something new. We don’t fall in love with our first ideas nor feel defeated by our first attempts. Risk takers believe we will figure it out. Kids deserve educators who will take risks – after all, learning is risky business for them too!
Think about the people who inspired you to believe in yourself. Were they compelling, playful, creative, or willing to take risks? Now think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them. This year’s think! conference will support your belief in your ability to change the world, inspire others to tag along, and give you practical ways to make a difference in the lives of your students. Come join us!
believe in kids. believe in teachers. believe in leaders. believe in yourself.