EdCamp Rule of Thirds

I read in “The EdCamp Model” this week that the St. Louis EdCamp had 307 people register, and 215 showed up.

Another Rule of Thirds! Only a different application than photography this time.

Two thirds show up – and the other third doesn’t show…. I wonder what our own numbers will be?

Shoot for 300 and expect 200? That would be fine by me. Big crowd, but still manageable. Cap at 360 and expect 240-ish? That would also be OK. Cap at 450 and expect 300? That’s about as large as I think we could possibly manage. Or could we?

Rooms for 300 people? Yikes! That’s 10 rooms of 30, already!!! Take off 30 people sitting around chatting and conversing on their own – that’s still 9 rooms of 30. Ouch. Too many people.

.. A Maker Space?
…..Simple K12 webinar room?
…….Quiet chat room?
………Twitter room?

OK, say 10 people in each of those spaces – so take off 40 more people – down to 210 – that’s still 7 rooms of 30.  Ouch. Seems a lot of planning and prep to handle that many sessions….

3 time slots x 7 topics = 21 sessions for the day

Think we can handle that? Guess we’ll have to see!!  (-:

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EdCampPTBO Week 1

Well Week 1 is done, and so am I! I’ve spent a whole lot more time and energy thinking things through this week than I had anticipated – and in trying to support my team of teams in getting started on their own.

Not sure how successful I’ve been – I realized yesterday: way too many emails, with a very low response rate. Being the 1st week of school for everyone else, I quite understand it! Duh. Been there, done that.

Not stressed or disappointed – I just realize I wasn’t being realistic at all in setting Today as the day we’d be ready to open registration. Perhaps at the end of next week?

There are so many things to get your head around when you just starting out – and I’ve already put in a year or two…

No problem. It’ll sort itself all out. I know we have a FABULOUS team of FANTASTIC educators!

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A Haunting Last Day Memory: Now What?

What’s your strongest memory of the last day of school?

Mine happened when I was 9 or 10, and it was one of those quiet cloudy days – a grey cloudy sky, just biding its time with the promise of rain for later, no bright colourful sunshine, just warm and still and oppressive. One of those lost “nothing” days.

I can picture it as clearly as if it was yesterday: school was out for the summer, we’d all run home excitedly screaming our celebration and joy — and after dumping my old notebooks and downing a cold glass of lemonade, I wandered outside to play with the neighbourhood kids.

But on that very still cloudy day, I felt empty inside, and I distinctly remember thinking – “Now What?”

It struck me to the core, that unexpected let-down feeling:  no exciting summer trip to pack for,  no party to go to,  no special activity planned – just school’s out, my classmate’s have all gone away, nothing’s happening….  and….  Now what?

So tomorrow, I wonder how many of our kids will go home from school on their very last day, and wander around feeling empty inside, and asking themselves,

“Now What?”

I hope somebody answers them!

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