8 Ways to Maximize Your Podstock Experience

12 02 2014
Cindy Sheets

Cindy Sheets

I want to welcome a new guest blogger, Cindy Sheets, who has graciously agreed to share her tips for getting the most out of Podstock for your time and money! Cindy is a multi-year Podstock participant and presenter and we’re glad to add her voice to the mix of great ideas! Thanks, Cindy!

We all want to get the most out of attending Podstock, whether it’s our first time or our sixth! So here are a few ideas that will help remind you that it’s ok to branch out, ask questions, and make new friends.

  1. Participate! Yes, you should attend the fabulous sessions (it will be hard to choose sometimes.) But you should also feel free to move to a different session if your first choice doesn’t meet your needs.
  2. Talk to people.  Sit at a table or near someone you don’t already know. Strike up a conversation. Obviously, you already have something in common because you’re here, right? Making new friends and expanding your PLN (personal learning network) is a big part of Podstock.
  3. Ask questions. If you’re not sure, ask someone. If you have questions about a presentation, seek out the presenter and ask – or contact them later for clarification. They are all here because they want to share and help you learn.
  4. Attend the Thursday nite party! This is a great opportunity to mingle and get better acquainted with people on an informal level. Mix it up with friends old and new. And have fun!
  5. Go to lunch and dinner and invite others to join you (or ask to join with another group). The conversations continue and, once again, you expand your network and learn even more. And don’t hesitate to ask to be included in a group. This is a very welcoming community and they’ll surely welcome you along.
  6. Participate! Yes, I said it again. When you are in a session with some hands-on action, join in and you’ll enjoy it and learn even more.
  7. Keep track of your new PLN (Professional/Personal Learning Network). Follow or add them on Twitter or Google+. They may be sharing great things during Podstock, but they’ll continue to share and support you afterwards.

Cindy Sheets is a gifted facilitator in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Working at the elementary level, she has been teaching gifted students in the resource classroom since receiving her gifted certification from the University of Kansas in 1989.  As adjunct professor in gifted education, she taught online courses through Emporia University for undergraduates and graduate students in the area of gifted education. Connect with Cindy on Facebook, +Google, or Twitter.
She has served on the Board of Directors of Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented, and Creative (KGTC), an NAGC Affiliate, for fourteen years and has served two terms on the NAGC Board of Directors. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Advocates for High-Ability (AHA) Learners.Her interests include developing quality curriculum, technology tools and integration (including robotics), affective needs of gifted learners, best practices for gifted learners, meeting the needs of young gifted learners, using Response to Intervention with high ability learners, and she is also a certified trainer of the Autonomous Learner Model. She has presented at meetings and conferences for many years and has been an invited speaker at the local, state and national level. 



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13 02 2014
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