What I Learned at #edcampBOS 2014 (@sguditus Steve Guditus)
What I Learned At #edcampBOS 2014
- Have an open mind and an open heart. Several times throughout my day, I entered a session, and it wasn't what I expected, and I stayed. And it was awesome. I learned something new. I expanded my PLN. I met fantastic educators. I formed new ideas. Other times, I moved on, and hit up a few sessions, until I found the one that resonated with me - that I hadn't expected it, but
- Trust your instinct. Have you ever felt: It is just me, or do other people feel the same way
about this?...More often than not, educators forget to follow our instinct and our gut. I wonder: Am I in this alone? Am I the only one who feels this way? Education is a blend of both science and art, and #edcampBOS reminded me to trust my instinct, trust my gut, and to remember that the network of people out there who are forging forward, progressively to push education to be what we need and what it to be for our students - and the world - is all around us. Sometimes these folks are next door to us in our school, sometimes across town, a few districts over, or across state lines. But regardless - remember to trust your instincts. As an educator, be resilient and show grit - it can be difficult at times to be an educator, so remember to persevere and trust your instinct - and help our students develop these same qualities by modeling them.
- Cultivate your passion. @tsocko and I (@sguditus) led a session on passion. As
- I have so much more to learn. I suppose it's a good thing that I'm in the business of learning - I realized today that I have SO much more to learn. In a good way. The options were limitless. Each session, there were at least 9 simultaneous sessions from which to choose at any given time, plus additional offerings during and between, breakout sessions under stairwells, in hallways, and during lunch. And I still wasn't able to learn all that I wanted to.@karenjan and @lizbdavis for taking the dueling notes): EdcampBOS 2014 Smackdown Resources
- Surround yourself with great people. This doesn't mean people who necessarily think the same as you, but people who support your work in education, who challenge your thinking, and who support being a big education geek. Remember, this is all about our students, our teachers and
- Be a leader. It took me two years before I was willing to lead a session at #edcampBOS. I was petrified I would say the wrong thing, not having anything worthwhile to say, and didn't have a presentation. Then, I realized, it is about facilitating and guiding - not telling. There were many folks at #edcampBOS who were lurkers - and lurking participation is great - but don't be afraid to start the conversation. Your words, your ideas, your question could just be the one to change
- Have fun. Let's not forget: it's about our students and their learning, and it's about having fun, too. Case in point: @edcampcrane - how did I not know about this? @dancallahan and I (@sguditus) took a fabulous selfie with the @edcampcrane, and sent him/her home with @shevtech to Burlington, VT. We had fun celebrating learning, teaching, and education.
Can't wait for #edcampBOS 2015!