I got requests from teachers to give some ideas on how to go about with the HUGE CONFERENCE, 'Comprehended Online' as there are sooooo many great!!! presenters and presentations.
There is no real formula, but from the eyes of me as a PRIVATE ESL and GERMAN TEACHER & schoolowner, I am happy to share my thoughts.
Many 'new' presenters
Ahead, I must say, this year the conference is huge, it has always been, but never have I seen THIS amount of presenters, so there are many names, I myself don't know yet. And I bet all of them are worth watching, so forgive me but in the end we all have to figure out ourselves.
I can tell you how I went ahead so far:
Who are you teaching?
Who do you need ideas for?
Little kids? Teenagers? Adults?
What are you looking for?
Writing? Reading? Speaking? Online teaching (I think there is an extra section this year)
This one is big for me. If a presenter just talks about what is done, or if he actually shows it, is such a difference. So, I usually start here.
However, there are lots of gems of classdemonstrations in presentations, that are not listed under this section here. MY OWN ONE AS WELL! I have LOTS of Classroom videos from different ages and stages in my presentation, so make sure you don't stop after watching the demo section.
I also watch ANYTHING that seems to be about classroom games! Obvious!
I usually skip: Classroom management (don't really have huge issues, and if I do they are so different from most teachers in the conference because most of them teach in regular schools) same with Curriculum Assessments and grading (don't have to do this)
Movie talk Reading related things.
Presenters I highly recommend
This is soo hard. Mostly all of them. They are very different though, all of them. No two alike. And as the presentations are usually quite long I find it very important to find those that suit you. Their style, way of talking, way of teaching....!
A good idea might be to check some of the names beforehand, most of them have websites.
I got the kick of it all through La Maestra Loca. She is also teaching in 'regular schools', but her classroom just looks as 'crazy' as mine, without desks, often lying on the floor when writing, brainbreaks whenever possible, and just energizing!
Getting more and more into the whole idea behind CI, last year I was very impressed with Madame Litten! She also offers a wonderful amazing list of materials and just inspires. I would check all of hers.
This year I am very curious about Ben Fisher, as he is a German language teacher, and those are rare in CI. But now I checked and WOW, there are a few more of them this year, GREAT
Then the Jamboard presentation, as I just learned about it in the Ditch Summit and I have had some great classes using Jamboard.
And of course the one about songs. I think this will be the first one I jump into.
You should also make sure that, even if you don't listen to all of the presentations, do check the pdfs coming with them and download! There is a lot of great material!
I hope this all helps a bit.
BTW, The conference starts on February 14 (HAPPY VALENTINE! Do yourself a favor) you can still sign up HERE And: Use coupon code 25OFF to save $25
Margit Yokota Born and grown up in Germany I came to Japan with 22 to make my mom's wish come true: BE HAPPY! Now I'm a mother and I wish from my heart that my kids BE HAPPY! And I'm an educator and I do all I can to fulfill this big dream of most parents for their kids: BE HAPPY!