“Neil you take copious notes,” John from my NYC Teaching Fellows cohort told me. He was shocked by the amount of scribble I was able to muster on the topic of lowering the affective filter, increasing wait time, or some other topic related to teaching English as a Second Language. Ever since I could hold a pencil upright I’ve had the ability to jot a tremendous amount of notes. Unfortunately, I’m the only one who can actually read my handwriting. The team that cracked the code of the Rosetta Stone would likely give up on deciphering my script.
Last month in Girona, Spain I wound up penning 21 pages of notes between Peter Shankman’s Keynote and Chris Guillebeau’s jet-lagged closing remarks. This week’s Photo Friday is based on those 21 pages of chicken scratch and other figures derived and tabulated at TBEX Europe. World Winder is fresh off attending our first travel blogging and exchange event which was organized by TBEX and hosted by thousands of dedicated professionals on the Costa Brava in Catalonia. We will revisit Costa Brava soon and be fixtures at TBEX events indefinitely.
Photo Friday is a feature inspired by my days as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in the Bronx, New York. On Fridays I would visit my favorite class and flip through an album containing prints of 35 MM photos and deliver tales of our travels. My goal was to educate these students about the world outside of NYC, entertain them with vibrant pictures, and empower them to seek truth and adventure in the face of societal discrimination. I live a triple-E life just like TBEX Girona presenter Amy Porterfield.
I introduced Photo Friday on World Winder nearly a year ago and while it is not always published on that day of the week, the segment pairs digital prints with a coherent theme. Sometimes it features sea creatures in the Galapagos. Other days Photo Friday highlights the adventures of my roller derby t-shirt or time spent with rock bands in Argentina. Today’s Photo Friday is a tribute to all of the people who entered our lives during the 168 hours spanning TBEX Europe.
Do any other attendees from TBEX Europe 2012 have any numbers to add?
Leave a comment with your own calculations and tabulations.