Fast forward to February: teachers from all over the state, on their own time (a Saturday), at their own expense (EdCamp is free, parking in downtown Baltimore is not), gathering together to learn from one another on the topics of their own choice. Wow. Talk about personalized professional development... I was blown away. I met folks from all levels of education from Pre-K to post-secondary and learned about apps, blogging, formative assessment, classroom management, dealing with technology issues, etc. It was a great day, and along with the insights, I made some great personal contacts.
The takeaway from this experience (I realized as I tweeted, messaged, and "hung-out" with folks on Google) was that I was modeling exactly what I want my students to do - thinking about what I needed to know, seeking out the knowledge, then reassessing to determine next steps. Now to put this insight into action… Let the planning begin.