Sunday, July 24, 2016

EdCamp Experience

Recently, I attended Edcamp Fayette and I really enjoyed myself. For those who've never been to one, Edcamp is, "an organic, participant-driven professional learning experience. A community created by educators, for educators. The leading edge of professional development in education."

Teachers and administrators come together to organize meaningful professional development. Everyone in attendance gained something from the Edcamp. Usually with professional development, you are presented with information you already know and you walk away from the meeting frustrated at having wasted valuable time. Edcamp doesn't offer you the typical PD experience so it doesn't come across as unnecessary professional development.

The organizers pride themselves on calling it an unconference, and it was one of the best professional development sessions that I've ever been apart of. Once you arrive, you can select the sessions that you want to attend. Since all of them are organized by teachers, the sessions are all topics and concepts that both teachers and administrators can learn from.

I attended sessions on BreakoutEdu, Financial Planning for Teachers and Code.org. All three were great and all three were beneficial to my growth and development as an educator.

I encourage all of you to attend an Edcamp. Here is the site with a calendar of their upcoming events:

http://www.edcamp.org/

Here is a video explaining the concept of Edcamp in two minutes:


Friday, July 15, 2016

Student Voices

Two days ago, I found a CNN article that was very interesting. It was called, "White Boy Privilege."

A 14 year-old named Royce wrote this poem after taking a Race, Class and Gender class at his school in Atlanta. He starts the poem by apologizing for his place on the social ladder but admits that, "to be privileged is awesome."

Lol, unfortunately, I cannot relate to being privileged. However, I think it's great that he recognizes this and was exposed to difficulties facing people who are not privileged.

We typically, don't take a Race/Gender class until we get to college, so KUDOS to the Paideia School for implementing this program and KUDOS to Royce for writing this poem.

It's refreshing to hear the voices of our students from time to time. Hearing the rhetoric and the vitriol from other adults can be depressing and extremely frustrating at times, but hearing the voices from the younger generation can really revitalize you and put things in perspective.

Check out the article from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/13/us/teen-slam-poet-white-privilege-hln/index.html

There is a youth poetry competition called Brave New Voices, where you can hear more students addressing issues relevant to their livesCheck them out here!

Here is a poem I really like from 2014 called, Somewhere in America