Conversations to be had
Despite needing copious amounts of caffeine to get me started, once at EdCamp35 I began to be awakened. It is impossible not to feed off of the energy of everyone else around you.
Energy was in the air. It was hard not to wake up with all the excitement in the air.
Passion was all around. In all the discussions I heard everyone was speaking from their heart, from their concern, and from their desire to have the best for the education system. Even when ideas were opposing all voices were heard and were respected.
Conversations were great! It was impossible not to have conversations. The rooms had been torn apart and set up with circles for equal opportunity to be heard; there was no chance to be lectured. The front of the room did not exist.
Awesomeness of the EdCamp35 Team. All members did a great job at setting up and promoting the day. For their first EdCamp they had an excellent turnout of all stakeholders. There were a bunch of us teachers; but there were also a number of parents, students, administrators, and district personnel there too. And, not to forget the large contingent of BC student teachers, #bcstuteach, represented there too. They EdCamp35 Team was so awesome, that people came from the Sunshine Coast, Nanaimo, and as far away as San Francisco, California!
Twitter peeps!!! I must say, that by far one of the highlights was getting to meet all the people behind the @handles from twitter PLN (Personal Learning Network). My PLN is great, it is growing, and they are a wonderful group of tweeps. Being able to meet them in person, and have a face-to-face conversation strengthens those relationships making them much more meaningful.
These are just a few of the things that stood out to me. There is one more thought….
No matter how tired you are, how much you want sleep, get dressed and get out that door and get yourself to EdCamp. I’d never forgive myself if I hadn’t!