Then I began thinking about more positive what if questions. What if we actually had a professional developemnt day that was based on hands on learning? What if teachers had time to collaborate with each other? What if I was able to share my love of teaching kids to code? What if I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something completely new? What if my actions matched the words I tell my students on a daily basis? "Try something new. It's okay not to know all the answers. It's okay not to be perfect at something. Failure and missteps are how we learn."
Thanks to an amazing group of CUE ROCKSTAR presenters, our Gridley Black Label was a success! Thank you to Brian Briggs for being my mentor through the process. And a huge shout out to Gridley's own Laurie York and Diana McDowell for hashing out ideas, giving awesome feedback, and just being awesome co-workers!
Fast forward to December 2015. CUE put out the faculty call for the 2016 CUE ROCKSTAR season. Should I try? I've only presented in front of our district's teachers. Do other teachers want to know what I know? Again, Negative Nelly was making herself at home in my head. Not for long! I decided to jump in and put my name in the hat. Now it was a waiting game. In February CUE held its very own CUE ROCKSTAR Draft Day. I was so excited when I was one of the people selected as faculty for the Chico CUE ROCKSTAR!
Thanks to all the Chico CUE ROCKSTAR faculty, it was great getting to meet all of you!