On Friday morning, I was privileged to be asked to participate in the ITI’s inaugural Virtual Coffee Morning. The idea had been put forward by Professional Development Officer Ann Brooks. In these strange times that we are living in, the idea was to provide support and light entertainment to ITI members, rotating around the different networks and regional groups each week to form a panel.
Waving the flag for the East Midlands Regional Group alongside my good friend Ellen Worrell, I was ready to talk about the benefits of joining your local group as well as discussing the World Kid Lit blog. We also shared our recommendations for books and films to enjoy, that also help towards your annual CPD target of 30 hours. We also had to play the game of “Who’s mug is this?”
The bit I was dreading was the quiz. Teamed up with my fellow EMRGer Ellen, we were up against the ITI Office team. Sadly, despite our best efforts, we lost 3 questions to 4. But it was good fun and all in the spirit of bringing people together and connecting in these times of social distancing and isolation. With an attendance over over 250 participants, it’s fair to say it seems to have gone down well.
The next one is this coming Friday at 11am with the ITI Welsh Regional Group helping to form the panel. A great initiative and a pleasure to have been involved.Follow @ClaireStorey16