#Edcamp Santiago: The Rule of Two Feet

In education, professional collaboration is viewed as a powerful tool for teachers. An underlying assumption is that educators improve our practice if we have opportunities to participate in collaborative professional development that is aimed at improving instruction for students. Edcamp Santiago is an example of collaborative professional development.

There is little doubt that teachers benefit from collaboration, however, we benefit from collaboration and cooperation in different ways.

Differences in knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, technology, student management, and student-centered instruction, as well as differences in ability to reflect on and adapt instruction means different results.

What are the implications for improving professional collaboration in the Edcamp setting?

Here is one general Edcamp rule to go by:

You get out of Edcamp what you put in to Edcamp.

• All ideas are worth consideration.
• Everyone is responsible for their own learning.
• Everyone is responsible for everyone else’s learning.
• Only YOU are responsible for the quality of your learning.

This has given rise to the “Rule of Two Feet”, or the Open Door Policy at all Edcamps:

The Rule of Two Feet: “If you are not getting anything out of the session you are at, you are free to go to another session.”

Keeping the Rule of Two Feet in mind, we have been able to bring a diverse number of people together for Edcamp Santiago.

Participants come from different backgrounds and levels, from the Pedagogy student to the experienced teacher, from a wide variety of subject areas, from a wide variety of school sizes, and from a wide variety of universities.

As if that wasn’t enough variety, we also have international collaboration with educators from Edcamp Delta, a group of dedicated and highly motivated students, parents and teachers who are willing to share their perspectives on the “Successes and Challenges of Education” with us here in Chile in a dual, Round Table / Panel format.

To sum up, Edcamp Santiago, is going to be an incredible professional development event. You simply can not afford to miss it.

Participants get:

Free entrance
Guaranteed learning
Collaboration with national and international educators
Certicate of Attendance
Fabulous gifts and prizes from sponsors

What do participants have to do?

Come prepared.

Come prepared to take responsibility for your own learning.

Come prepared to take respo0nsibility for everyone else’s learning.

Share your knowledge of what works in your classroom, your best practices.

Prepare a formal presentation or an informal discussion, a Power Point or a Prezi.

Bring a poster you want to share

Bring a question you want to ask

You choose your topic, prepare it, or a maybe a workshop (60 minutes)

Everyone can be a presenter

Everyone is a learner

Bring your laptop, your mobile device

Bring your own technology (BYOT)

Share! See you in January!

Edcamp Santiago, Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Universidad Mayor, Av. Manuel Montt 367, (Metro Manuel Montt).

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Early Bird Raffle is for those who come early, before 9:30 am!


About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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