I just wanted to share a piece of what I did this weekend, as it pertains to the classroom and it was amazing!
This past Saturday, March 12th, I attended an event, that I helped to organize, called EdCampSWCT, at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.
EdCamp is an un-conference for teachers that are popping up all over the United States. The exciting part of an EdCamp is the grassroots nature of the event…a choose your own adventure style of learning for every educator who arrives. The agenda is created the day of the event by the teachers who attend. Anyone can speak about a topic and anyone can create a conversation topic. The topics range from how to use Google classroom or 3-D printing to the art of body language…only to name a few. The topics are endless….as is the learning.
This Saturday’s event was nothing short of amazing as 150 educators from six different states came together to learn, collaborate and help make our teaching practice better for those that matter — the students.
Being a part of the planning committee for this event was even more amazing…eight educators from various districts in Connecticut came together, without actually meeting prior to the event, to put together an awesome day of learning. And I even had the courage to stand up and talk about the importance of Classroom Design in student learning, collaboration, and independence. It was nerve-wracking initially, but I feel even more inspired! Especially with the amazing support of our Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero who stopped by and our own Principal, Mrs. Edith Presley. It was amazing!
I am totally inspired and look forward to bring my learning and excitement to the classroom.
My biggest takeaways that will see their way into our classroom
- Seesaw — I am the reason that Seesaw has not worked successfully in our classroom. I started it, but didn’t stick through with it as much as I would’ve liked. I have learned even more about it and collaborated with other educators and have more ideas as to how to make this a worthwhile and useful tool in our classroom. Stay tuned for more information about that.
- BreakoutEDU – The latest craze in Education that uses an unbelievable amount of problem-solving skills & asks students to embark on inquiry-based learning. I need to buy a kit. Like yesterday.
There was MORE learning than this, but these are the two biggest pieces that I will bring back into the classroom on Monday. Along with the new connections and inspiration I have from others. I look forward to being a part of the planning committee for our 3rd annual #EdCampSWCT.
Thanks for reading!