This was my first Edcamp experience, and I got a lot out of every session. My favorite session of the day was:Empowering Students as Leaders.
I have several students in my class this year who think of themselves as leaders, but few of them recognize the need to know how to make responsible choices to positively effect change among their classmates.
Some of the main ideas that came out of the session were:
- Have students keep data notebooks (something I already do)
- Give each student a job (also already do)
- Create a classroom mission statement (our students make a Bill of Rights in Social Studies)
- Give students choice within assignments (all of my projects include choices, but I have been trying to include more choices within other assignments, as well)
I was most excited by the idea of having students make challenges for themselves.
My notes from the session outlining my idea of this "challenge" paper.
That week, I created and introduced the challenges to my students. The pages are laminated and hung in front of their desks. My students write their challenges in expo marker, and can change their challenge whenever they want. When they see another student trying to succeed on their challenge, they give them a sticker.
My students really enjoy creating challenges for themselves, helping each other meet their challenges, and rewarding each other for making their goals.