Participant Perspective: Jeremy Brueck

brueckJeremy Brueck
Director, Digital Text Initiative
The University of Akron | Center for Literacy

Twitter: @brueckj23
Web site: http://brueckei.org

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

When passion and interest drive an individual’s pursuit of understanding, learning can become a reconstruction rather than a transmission of knowledge. The EdCamp model provides opportunities for participant-driven conversations to organically grow from shared interests and passions. In our current educational culture, times for this type of invaluable professional learning experience are limited. I’m excited to get the opportunity to connect with so many others at EdCampCLE in a learning environment that emphasizes the role of the SOCIAL and CULTURAL context of learning.

What have you been learning lately?

It’s time to organize with the intent to revolutionize. We can’t just keep talking and complaining. Our kids deserve more from us and we must advocate for a educational system that supports their future, not our past.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

I’d love to hear more critical conversations around moving from an educational system where we are compliant with a testing culture that finds value in measuring only static knowledge to a culture that embraces both quantitative and qualitative ways of knowing and seeks to build essential understandings in students.

If you could change the world…

I’d bring the discretion and decision-making powers back to local communities. Education shouldn’t be legislated on a state or national level by people with no connection to our local schools. It should be done by individual communities, parents, teachers and students who are innately involved with our kids learning.

The ideal classroom is…

What if we redefined “class” to a more informal co-op or collaborative gathering of learners? Why are we continuing to organize by age? What if we eliminated semesters and jumped in to continuous knowledge pools where teachers and learners moved in and out as needed?

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Whenever I need inspiration I read Tupac lyrics.

One more thing…

Shout out to @schinker for organizing EdCampCLE.

Jeremy Brueck’s company, Brueck Educational Innovations, supported EdCamp Cleveland through a $250 donation to help offset the cost of the event. We are grateful for his support.

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Participant Perspective: Scott Kinkoph

kinkophScott Kinkoph
Instructional Technology/Edcoach
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Schools

Twitter: @scottkinkoph
Blog: scottkinkoph.com
Pathbrite: http://bit.ly/10qoyzM
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/10qnE6s
Vizify: http://bit.ly/11jC1zW

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

Last year’s EdCamp was awesome to attend because I was part of driving the conversation along with everyone else who attended.  Educators, community members, and administration have a chance to sit in the same room and talk about what ideas that matter.

What have you been learning lately?

Lately I have been learning about driving pedagogical changes integrated with technology.  Technology is useless unless the teacher uses strong pedagogical approaches to learning.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

Education is known for its stagnancy.  Can educators be helped to be more open to innovative practices despite new teacher performance standards?

If you could change the world…

Redesign learning spaces in every school with soft and hard spaces, textbooks are replaced with Open Education Resources, learning is student driven, and teaching integrates leadership, pedagogy, and technology simultaneously and seamlessly.

The ideal classroom is…

Grade levels are done away with.  Students enter school and then move along at their own learning pace where learning is motivated by the student’s interest and passion vs. a standard curriculum.  Learning is differentiated, fluid and integrated vs. the piece meal approach being used now that does nothing to connect learning experiences nor integrates other content areas.  Students draw upon a large knowledge repository to inform learning in all other areas which means a lot of reading and learning experiences in many different ways.  Learning spaces are blended where students learn anytime, anywhere, for any reason with support from content experts, teachers, and community members.  Students are empowered to think and do vs. being told what to do and how to learn.  Grades are reflection of described learning behaviors and not a letter system that stimulates competition and stress to always get the “A”.  Finally, higher education stops charging exorbitant prices for an education that isn’t creating creative and critical thinkers and innovators we need to build a strong country.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Creative Intelligence by Bruce Nussbaum. There may be times in your life when you experience something so profound as to change your thinking and habits.  Reading this book was that for me.  My teaching practice has changed because of the innovative and challenging ideas in this book.

One more thing…

Learners, at all levels, are rapidly changing and education must also rapidly change with them.

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Participant Perspective: Lucia Dominak

Lucia Dominak
Intervention Specialist
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Schools

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

It sounded interesting and different.  I have a lot of different perspectives to share, i.e. parent, student, part-time educator, full-time educator, public school educator, private school educator.

What have you been learning lately?

brushing up on my Spanish a little.  documenting family history.  learning another language.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

improving student motivation and increasing their intellectual curiosity.
getting students to resist the influence of popular culture

If you could change the world…

Have students value learning for the sake of learning, and not try to get by with the minimum.  Give students with a history of academic failure chances to succeed and maintain hope in the educational process.

The ideal classroom is…

a place where students want to learn and achieve enough success along the way to keep them motivated.  a place where student learning is not always evaluated by testing.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Participant Perspective: Sue Grodek

Sue Grodek
Title 1 Teacher
Brooklyn City Schools

 

Twitter: @suegrodek

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

A friend who is volunteering invited me.  It sounds like one of those high energy, very motivating days where you get to hang out with other teachers, share and create new ideas. I hope to come away with my head spinning with the possibilities.

What have you been learning lately?

I’ve spent a lot of time working on assessments related to CCS this year for our first grade team.  It has been a definite learning experience for me.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

It is easier to say what I would stay clear of- OTES, SLO, SGM, PARCC. :)

Seriously, early elementary education spin on topics like project based learning and assessing for CCS. Also, managing small group instruction and no new instruction blocks.

The ideal classroom is…

Peaceful, inviting, and engaging. A space where all people are valued for their talents and interests.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

My list of professional books this year is short, Teach Like a Pirate.  It is an engaging read. I made several highlights.   My list of non-professional books looks like a list of brain candy and nothing worth noting here.

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Participant Perspective: Jacqui Berchtold

Jacqui Berchtold
Teacher
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Schools

Twitter: Berchtoldj

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

Last year’s EdCamp was fantastic and I learned how much I need to learn!  I’ve enjoyed connecting with others through Twitter since then and hearing about their EdCamp experiences.  I want to keep learning and continue to be excited about the best practices in education.

What have you been learning lately?

How to slow down and listen to people to find out what they need and then try to help them.  My first reaction for how to solve the problem may not be the best one.  I am learning to be more patient and let things play out and listen and watch.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

the best and easiest ways to effectively use technology to differentiate instruction in a primary classroom.

If you could change the world…

Students would not be grouped by grade levels or ages.

The ideal classroom is…

No desks.  Lots of movement.  Lots of ages.  Students active.  Lots of play.  Lots of mistakes happening and lots of learning from those mistakes.  Different students working with different things depending upon what they are learning at the time:  pencils and paper, manipulatives, ipads, computers, SmartBoard, etc.  Teacher floats in order to ask questions and answer questions.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Connie Schultz – Life Happens

One more thing…

I’ve been thinking about the next EdCamp since last summer!

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Participant Perspective: Kim Taylor

Kim Taylor
Instrumental Music Teacher

Twitter: MsTaylorMusic
email: kataylor5@roadrunner.com, taylor.kimberly@constellationschools.com

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

My assistant principal tweeted about EdCamp.  It sounded interesting so I looked it up.  I have never been to an ‘unconference’ before.  I have no preconceived ideas or expectations.  I am hoping to meet up with some other music teachers and general education teachers and pick their brains on SLO’s, using technology and project based learning the classroom (esp. figuring out how to incorporate that into an instrumental program in an inexpensive and efficient way that doesn’t take away a lot of rehearsal time), and streamlining office tasks like parent/student info, communication and involvement.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

1. Classroom organization  2. online student portfolios that could store playing assessment sound files through a student’s career, and store scans of written quizzes, tests 3. SLO’s  4. Music/Instrumental apps for the iPad I hope to be able to afford someday. I would like to run my entire band program electronically.

If you could change the world…

Less focus on standardized tests, more ‘experiences’ of actually LIVING the learning and less time on worksheets, homework…more application.  More time for kids to be kids…time for recess, an additional period of the day where each child can choose an elective…extra art, music, science, phys ed., or to do community service projects.

The ideal classroom is…

a place where students and teachers are free to explore, experiment, fail, succeed, pursue interests a bit more on their own clock, a place where every teacher has enough space and resources to do what they want to do; a classroom where parents are more involved in their child’s learning, an environment that is a little more unpredictable so the kids come to school wondering what cool stuff they are going to do today; an environment where everyone’s subject is valued and given equal time and  importance…less scheduling conflicts between activities

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Well, haven’t read much at all during the school year, but in August I read a book called Life in Cut Time…Time management for music teachers.  Good suggestions for anyone.

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Participant Perspective: Ryan MacRaild

Ryan MacRaildRyan MacRaild
Instructional Technology Educator
St. Joseph Academy

Twitter: @MrMacRaild

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

Schinker made me.

What have you been learning lately?

as much as possible

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

Changing education and igniting that change.

If you could change the world…

out with the old, in with the new.

The ideal classroom is…

flexible, collaborative, looking for answers while finding a voice.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

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