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Writing from the Periphery. Reflections from Edcamp | 4 O'Clock Faculty. “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” -George Bernard Shaw This past week, I opened our first District Edcamp by using the above quote to illustrate that the sharing of ideas can lead to improved learning outcomes. Once an idea is realized, there is no telling where that idea can take a person. This was the goal for our District Edcamp, to empower teachers to share ideas and to inspire and learn from one another. Choice really does matter. Giving educators time to share is important. Teachers are looking for ideas that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Educators value learning from their colleagues. Movement and physical interaction helps to engage educators. A quote from an anonymous author says, “If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.”