#EdCampNov8 Reflections


20140504-144425.jpgThe EdCampNov8 team just completed our first edcamp on Saturday, May 3rd.

So much to process, so I’ll do it “stream-of-consciousness” style:

I am always amazed at the transition from energy to matter, ideas to actions, the imperceptible to the incarnate. What began as a reverberation of airwaves emitted from Naomi Bates mouth months ago ended around 1pm on a Saturday in austere silence as the echoes, heavy with meaning and inspiration, of our edcamp dissipated. In the form of participants making their way back home, these echoes take on a shape, again, of conversations, evolving lessons, and exchanges of spirit all in the direction of serving students.

A comment was made by a friend that it’s hard to imagine a 4 hour “PD Session” coming together with few hiccups that involved no predetermined schedule and hundreds of strangers whose common ground was seemingly non existent.

That doubt or confusion is understandable! For a flurry of reasons, though, teachers and administrators DID show, share, and shine.

The edcamp experience was a reminder of how powerful choice and self determination can be for, not just an education setting, but for a free people. When considering that we are preparing students to take the reigns of our republic, giving students a taste of that freedom before they are thrusters into their charge is a crucial need. Teachers have to be reminded at times that those PLCs, PDs, lesson plans, late nights grading, etc. are ultimately geared to this end. That taste of freedom, for adults, may be vanilla, but we have to remember what vanilla tasted like that very first time.

Freedom and choice within the context of purpose…mmmmm. 🙂

No doubt we’re all reflecting on the sessions and experience and will likely continue to do so.

20140504-154606.jpgPersonally, I was thrilled to meet old Twitter pals and make new pals in the process. As an EdCamp organizer, I didn’t get to attend any sessions and it killed me. However working with my fellow I.T. “Navy Seals” as we moved into this new territory was thrilling.

Naomi Bates and I “headed” up the project, but there was so much teamwork that this sentence has little meaning.

Kim Barker graciously hosted us on her campus.
Karla Burkholder and Rory Peacock, our fearless leaders, gave us direction.
Janet Corder was the “swag” coordinator as she pulled all kinds of string to populate our prize tables.
Brittany Horn, Cara Carter, Ashley Chapman, Rene Egle, and Kirsten Wilson put legs to the plans and ran the show on Saturday.

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About Thrasymachus

2013 Northwest ISD teacher of the year, Humanities Texas 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). I'm currently a Regional Digital Learning Consultant with the Education Service Center Region 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas and a college government educator who incorporates philosophy, technology & humor. A student through and through, I walk with my students in their learning. Most importantly, I'm blessed with the 3 most perfect kids eva! I love on them ery day!!!
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