This one time...at Edcamp...
I met the most amazing group of individuals with a passion for education that is nothing like I have experienced before...kind of like "dogs and cats living together in mass hysteria!" Since it was my first time attending, I felt completely overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge and expertise that was in the room. I spent the entire time absorbing as much as my mind and iPad would allow me to take in. I felt like I had the GOLDEN TICKET to a day of inspiration and collaboration with innovative, creative, and passionate people who all meet for the purpose of sharing and learning with one another.
As I moved from one session to another I just kept thinking that this kind of professional development needs to be the model that districts should aspire to provide! The "speed dating" style of sharing was the perfect way to start the day! I was able to meet so many people with fantastic ideas in a short amount of time, and I loved seeing the faces of those who I had been "tweeting" with or those I have been following in edchats. It was surprising to see how quickly and easily conversations developed and the laughter and positive vibe that filled the room was energizing! Each session that I attended was driven by the participants and evolved through great conversations and powerful thought provoking questions. I even had the opportunity to check out and try on some Google Glassess which were AMAZING!! Thanks to Stacy Behmer for allowing me to try them out!
Now I COMPLETELY understood how and why participants came from all over to take part in such a great experience. I have decided to make it my goal to road trip to another edcamp, for another fun learning adventure!
What happens at Edcamp doesn't stay at Edcamp ...thank goodness! I can't wait to share what I have learned with my students and colleagues! Time to follow the yellow brick road of optimism, enthusiasm, and innovation. It's going to be a fun journey! Thanks to all the people who made it happen!