- SHARING-- We learn best when we make social connections around ideas that are meaningful to us. EdCamp Philly gave folks the opportunity to listen and be heard around a variety of self selected topics. We need to give our students these same opportunities.
- RELEVANCE-- Students should drive the learning experiences. At EdCamp, the participants selected the topics, and they were encouraged to use the rule of "two feet" if a session was not meeting their needs. In traditional schools, students can't use the rule of "two feet" if teachers do not meet their needs. Consider how that would make you feel!
- FUN- No one attended EdCamp for a grade. Or hours. Or credit. With the external motivators removed, it made the learning much more enjoyable! Think about the pressures that students face in our traditional system. It's no wonder that many students do not like school!
- REFLECTION- Blog posts are already bubbling up in the blogosphere! Check out Heather Hershey's post here. Based on the tweets I've ready, more are coming! There should always be follow up learning opportunities in our classrooms. Students and adults need time to process. This helps deepen the learning process.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
EdCamp Philly: A Recap
For me, a twitter conversation between Andy Marcinek and Patrick Larkin on the morning following EdCamp Philly sums up the entire event! Clearly, education should be more like an "unconference" every day. Here's why: