This past weekend, an amazing group of teachers, administrators, students, parents and others interested in education met on on a beautiful Spring Satruday to learn from each other and share their stories. Decamps are always a great democratic way to learn about our profession. To find one near you, check out the EdCamp website where you can find the schedule of future EdCamps.
#EdCamp35 planning topics in the morning
What I was most impressed by this weekend was the number of student-teachers reaching out to expand their learning, along with parents who have a great interest in our education system. By showing that we are prepared to take a Saturday on a beautiful weekend to sit in classrooms and talk about building relationships, mastery learning, @freshgrade and other topics of interest, the concept of owning our professional development is strengthened.
#EdCamp35 participants enjoying their food truck lunches outside
If there is a greater call for some accountability around the professional development days (which historically came from moving some ‘summer’ days into the school year for autonomous professional development), then we should remember that many educators use their weekends, evenings, and spring and summer breaks (breaks from classes, not holidays) to go deeper in their own learning.
If someone were to question what you are doing with your professional development time, educators need to be able to answer with such strength and authority that the question becomes moot.
Masters and diploma programmes, Edcamps, weekend and evening professional learning teams and even our weekly #BCEdChat are all great opportunities for us to learn from each other and improve our practice without structured accountability check boxes. Own your learning and be proud of how much learning Yu do to improve student learning!
Some of the topics getting votes for the #Edcamp35