Erin Klein, a 2014 Teacher of the Year, also emphasizes mutual respect and interpersonal communication. “Teach every child in your room as if they’re a member of your family.” For greater introspection and details from the conference, read Erin’s full post on her blog.

Angela Watson, founder of Due Season Press & Educational Services, summarizes some of the “aha moments” that impacted her the most in 2014. Read her full reflection on her website, The Cornerstone for Teachers.

Jeff Charbonneau, a 2013 National Teacher of the Year, suggests that greater attention should be devoted to teaching evaluations instead of teacher evaluations. Apparently, many attendees agree.

Long considered a nuisance and distraction in the classroom, Justin Tarte, director of curriculum & support services in the Union R-XI School District, controversially suggested lifting the ban of cellphones in the classroom. His tweet received scores of comments and more than 300 retweets.

Michael Sharnoff is Associate Online Editor at eSchool News. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_eSM.