Saturday, July 30, 2016

Summer of Learning - Part Two

The Forms and Formats of
Self-Directed Learning

It has been a busy summer so far, and I am feeling so inspired by the last few months of professional development and collaboration with colleagues. I marvel at the variety of formats in which I learned. Years ago, our professional development was a sit-and-get format but when we take an active role in our own learning we find that learning adventures come in many forms.

NerdCamp Michigan (#nErDcampMI)

This was my first NerdCamp. I had been hearing about it from friends and colleagues for a few years. I would follow the tweets that were shared during the conference each July and marvel at how the learning seemed so rich. The attendees were so very excited about coming together to talk about learning, teaching, and books.

I had to see for myself. I was NOT disappointed!

The nerdiness of hanging out with like-minded people who love children and teaching is priceless! The first day was a typical format for a conference with featured speakers and breakout sessions. I was able to hear from Donalyn Miller, Pernille Ripp, Teri Lesesne, Mr. Schu, Kate DiCamillo and so many fabulous authors and educators. The second day was an edcamp format as particpants built the schedule of sessions for the day.

And a bit of serendipity gave me the opportunity to have my picture taken with the delightful Kate DiCamillo. A chance spotting of her walking down the street led to stopping our car to say hello. In an instant, the kind and sweet Kate DiCamillo jumped in our car for a selfie.

Colby Sharp and his team put together a great two days of collaboration and learning. Next year's nErDcampMI will be held July 10, 2017 to July 11,  2017.(