I love EdCamp! On Saturday I got to experience my fourth EdCamp, and this time I was on the organizing committee. If you've never attended, check out the EdCamp website. Basically, EdCamps are free, fluid, teacher-led PD opportunities where you hang out with other teachers and talk about topics that interest you.
The day started with an awesome Panera breakfast, and then teachers sat around and wrote their topics of interest or questions on Post-it notes. These were organized on a large grid and then were moved over to create our working schedule.
The large grid was then converted into a digital schedule that was embedded into the EdCamp Weebly.
Then it was time to make our choices and move to our sessions! The great thing about EdCamp is the "Rule of Two Feet". If a session doesn't work for you, you are totally free to get up and move to another session. Since no one prepared anything in advance, you aren't hurting anyone's feelings. It's all about you and YOUR learning! I floated between sessions as the "photographer" but was able to listen in on lots of great conversations.
Here are some pics from the event:
- being part of the organizing committee was a powerful way to connect with the other members of our team
- teachers know what they want and need for PD
- just put teachers together in a room and let them go, they'll direct their own learning!