I have had a few days to think about ISTE 2018 and something struck me. While I might feel tired in the short term, my heart meter is full! I can't help but think of the many hours play Zelda and the stress of not having a full life meter to face the big challenge ahead. The end of the school year for me tends to leave me with a blinking half heart and that annoying beeping noise to remind me my health is low. In The Legend of Zelda, to regain all of your hearts, you need to find a fairy. Well, no magical sprites could be found at ISTE, but I did find my tribe and my Heart Meter filled all the way up.
I used to dwell on how much the conference took from me, I never stopped to think about what the time with my friends was giving me. I get to hang with them, share stories from the year, joke around, give huge hugs, and just enjoy the company of some of the most amazing people I have ever known.
Everybody needs to find the things that refill their heart meter so they can face the challenges that lie ahead. For me, connecting with my tribe at ISTE is what I need. Seeing new tech, checking out sessions, and connecting with vendors are interesting parts of ISTE, but can be done throughout the year if I really wanted. Seeing all of these amazing people in one place for a few days is a once a year thing. I can't imagine missing this. Every teacher needs to find the thing that fills their Heart Meter. For me, meeting my friends at ISTE is the best way to do that.
These are a few of the pictures from the adventures of ISTE 2018.