Making Waves in Education – Educators Unite @ Toronto Un-Conference

Who wouldn’t be totally intrigued by an invitation to speak at the Make Waves education innovation catalyst event? Not this educator! I signed up to be one of 8 speakers at the Islands of Excellence un-conference, an event designed to bring together thought leaders, communities and organizations who are changing the world, igniting new connections and inspiring agile strategies….and making waves.

Hosted at The Academy, an innovative YMCA inspired and supported secondary school serving the needs of students with diverse learning styles, the kickoff Pecha Kucha event showcased the unique ideas of educators like myself involved in a variety of innovative initiatives. As one of the 8 speakers, what a fun challenge it was to develop a presentation that allowed for only 20 slides and 20 seconds for each slide – timed and built right in!

Definitely felt a bit nervous at first with the new format, but once we got started, a flow emerged and I felt great delivering my Are You Curious About Your Curiosity? presentation. My goal was to take participants on a journey highlighting the benefits, techniques and pitfalls commonly linked to curiosity. Although cultivating curiosity in a results-based system such as education can be challenging, I wanted to show, in just over 6 minutes, how to creatively cultivate curiosity.

Why Make Waves? Great question. The name represents the calm and motion of people and their ideas – movement strengthened by the power of innovative forward momentum. Isn’t this the only way we can truly innovative and create positive change?

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