If you've never been to an EdCamp before, you may be a little reluctant to share the questions that are on your mind. You may not think that others will be interested in what you have to say or you may believe that your perspective may not be in line with other participants.
Perfectly natural and perfectly acceptable.
But I would like to assure you that there are some pretty unique things about the EdCamp approach that should allay some of your hesitations!
First, EdCamps aren't designed as echo chambers. True enough, the format does tend to attract many like minds, but the real excitement at an EdCamp happens when people actually "respectfully" disagree with each other. It doesn't mean that the conversation becomes polarized. It's my experience that participants are quite respectful of everyone's insights, experience and perspective. All voices are of equal value at an EdCamp and this usually lends itself to very positive and fruitful dialogue.
Second, we assume that the questions you bring to EdCamp things that are important to you. And f they are important to you, chances are that they are important to others as well. That doesn't mean that you won't get some lively discussion or, perhaps, a little pushback. But that's how we learn from each other and that's the whole dynamic of the event. Really, it is!
Finally, the questions that make it to the agenda for the day are ones that are voted on by the group. Using a form of "dot-mocracy", your question is subjected to a type of reflective selection that ensures that others see value in the conversations that about to take place. It doesn't mean that only the BEST questions make it to the discussion table. It means that there is a powerful way of ensuring that all of the conversations that take place resonate with a good number of the participants.
We have two more days before EdCamp905, and we hope that you're getting as excited as your planning team. Don't stop thinking about the questions! Remember, you help to create the agenda from the things that are important to you!