It’s 9pm, both kids are sleeping, which leaves me with time to reflect on the inspiring day I experienced at EdCampLeader, held at East Leyden HS. This was one of 17 locations hosting “EdCampLeader” around the world. For those unfamiliar with EdCamps, it’s a free “unconference” which means no keynotes or predetermined agendas. The participants of the event begin with a blank schedule for the day, adding topics to be discussed. Each session is more of an informal dialogue of sharing, rather than ‘sitting & getting’. If a session doesn’t meet your needs, or isn’t what you thought it would be, you’re encouraged to get up and walk to another session.
It was awesome to finally connect with educators/administrators I’ve followed and connected with on Twitter for several years, like Melinda Miller, Jessica Johnson, Curt Rees, Tony Sinanis, Jimmy Casas, Ben Gilpin, Joe SanFelippo and more! It was also great to meet new people to learn from and connect with on Twitter and Voxer (yes, I signed up for Voxer today between sessions: my username is mkarts778). It’s all about relationships, especially those you cultivate and build through social media. I value and respect these educators and am excited to continue learning with them, as well as expanding my PLN to include many more talented, motivated and eager-to-learn professionals in our field.
Some of my takeaways from today’s experience include:
-Continuing to utilize social media to amplify and accelerate the great things happening with kids in our school – “Flood the positive”
-When you tell your story, you are showing that you believe in kids.
-Stop trying to cater to the bottom 5%
-“Instead of worrying what’s the worst thing that could happen, let’s think what’s the best that could happen” – @gustafsonBrad
-What we permit, we promote. If you give that negative voice an audience, it will continue. If they don’t have an audience, it stops.
-Blogging helps make us more reflective
-Model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act & encourage the heart
–Daring Greatly will be my next read, after I finish Move Your Bus
Thanks to Jason Markey, Jeff Zoul and everyone who helped make this event possible today! I left inspired and motivated for the upcoming school year!
If you attended today’s session in Chicago, what were your biggest takeaways from today’s #EdCampLdr