Last week I participated in a Toolbox Slam in Baltimore, MD. The rules: Present a compelling idea in 14 PowerPoint slides, presented in 7 minutes (30 seconds for each slide). My presentation, attached here, was “Developing Independent, Arts-Capable Learners through STUDIOs.” Click on the link just above this paragraph, then click Slideshow, and click Play. Preparing this presentation solidified my thinking, and practicing the presentation improved my delivery a lot! You can hear that I had to keep moving quickly through the text, or I ran out of time! This is a promising format as we think about how early adopters next year are going to communicate with one another. If we schedule three sharing events during the year for late fall, late winter and late spring, we would have the options of live presentations, webinar on-line presenting, and archived presentations in “Sharing What Works.” Over the summer, think about what you might share with other Total Learning teachers. What are you proud of? What’s working? How do your arrange your classroom, time or curriculum? How have you adapted Total Learning strategies to your curriculum? How has Total Learning made a difference in student attitudes, motivation or learning? What new twist have you added to Total Learning? If you have an idea, send it along and let’s get the first Slam planned! I’ll put some tentative dates on the calendar as we develop it.