Welcome to the Wizards of Ed

Near the end of the movie of The Wizard of Oz, when the wizard reveals the balloon by which he intends to take Dorothy back to Kansas, he says, “I, your Wizard par ardua ad alta, am about to embark upon a hazardous and technically unexplainable journey into the outer stratosphere to confer, converse, and otherwise hob-nob with my brother wizards.” (Screenplay, 1939 Wizard of Oz - movie script by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allen Woolf, Based on the book by L. Frank Baum.) One time, as I was preparing to go to an education conference, someone asked me what I do at these conferences, and my answer was “hob-nob with other wizards."  The more conferences I attend, and the more friends I make among other presenters at conferences, the more wizardly it feels. So I looked up some dictionary definitions of “wizard” and aside from magic and the maleness of distinguishing from witches, there are many great definitions including clever, excellent, amazing, brilliant, expert, and other really neat words. I’ve just returned from NAEYC’s Professional Development Institute, which was about as full of wizards as any conference I’ve ever attended. Leaders in the field sat and learned in workshops given by other leaders in the field. It was an amazing few days full of fabulous learning. The last workshop I attended was one on making blogs, so here’s my first blog. I hope you join me in this blogging adventure, and that you find it fun and educational. Welcome!    

5 Responses to “Welcome to the Wizards of Ed”

  1. Karen Nemeth says:

    I love this wizard analogy! It really did feel kind of magical this year. Enjoy!

    Karen Nemeth

  2. Marcie says:

    I love the blog! I would love to join you in your blog adventure.

  3. Ellen Jaffe says:

    I didn’t take many pictures this year, but I’m working on editing my conference pictures to put some of my favorite wizards on the website. Check back soon to see them.
    Ellen

  4. Abbie says:

    Nice to read your blog

  5. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep
    it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come
    back later. Cheers

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