Many people new to the EdCamp "unconference" format come to their first event fully intending to hang out on the edges of the conversation. We often hear, "Well, I'm just going to go to check it out." or "I'll sign up for a couple of conversations, but I'll just be an observer."
Fat chance! It's likely that, despite your best intentions, there will be a question, a topic of conversation or an idea that will capture your imagination and cause your lips to start moving!
After all, you're not giving up a Saturday of your time—away from family and your regular weekend routine—to come and be a fly on the wall. Oh, you may start off that way, but I'm pretty confident that, by the end of the day, you'll find yourself immersed in some pretty interesting conversations.
And the reason I'm so confident in saying that is because EdCamp905 is energized by the questions that people like you are living every day. They are the questions that you come to school with in the morning. They are the ones that you take with you at the end of the day. They are the questions that emerge when you're talking to your own children about their day at school. They are the ones that are inspired by the connections that they are making as they move further along their own learning journey.
They are the questions that excite you, make you angry and, at times, leave you confused.
They may not seem like profound, earth-shattering questions but they are important because they are honest, real and they matter to you.
So, in these days leading up to EdCamp905, take some time to think about those questions that are energizing you. Chances are they will also energize someone else.
And then you have a conversation!