Show & Tell: Alive & Well

Here’s Yoon Soo Lim (aka @DoremiGirl on Twitter) getting ready to rock the room at EdCamp Philly this past weekend.

I loved so much about this conversation.

I loved that Yoon talked about being scared. She remembered what it was like to contemplate moving towards a more student-centered pedagogy, and didn’t gloss over the energy it took to get past that fear.

I loved that shared her discoveries with an enthusiasm that couldn’t help but be contagious. She talked about some cool tools (e.g. JamStudio, ccmixter, xtranormal), but they weren’t the stars.

The stars were her students, and the creativity she had helped unleash in them. In their fifth grade holiday song-writing. (And yes, she sang us a few bars.) And still more students in their seventh grade teaching guitar basics movies.

I loved that the spirit was one of enthusiastic show-and-tell, and although I’ve said this before, I’m saying it again today… who decided that show-and-tell should be restricted to the kindergarten set, and why do we let that terrible decision stand?

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@DoremiGirl says: When fun is in the classroom, creativity is in the classroom. Every kid brought their own perspective, and it was great!less than a minute ago via web

What if our learning environments tapped into this spirit all the time? Check out EdCamp Philly organizer Kristen Swanson‘s great post expanding on this idea. And if you hear of someone in your area talking about organizing an #edcamp, stand up and wave your hand around.

(I wonder if @DoremiGirl & @TeachPaperless
managed to connect at EduCon2.2?
THAT would have been a fun conversation…)

Posted on May 25, 2010, in conference. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Shelly,I am so honored! Thank you for writing about our conversation at EdCamp. It was my pleasure to share my journey with you. I have been learning a great deal from our PLN, gathering resources and learning about new tools, but more importantly thinking about what I do and how to connect better with my students. I am grateful for many wonderful teachers in my life, both past and present. I simply feel that it's my time to pay it forward.With gratefulness,Yoon

  2. I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism, teaching expertise and willingness to share of Yoon Soo Lim (aka @DoremiGirl) She is a star on the #musedchat held on Monday evenings. It is wonderful to have people like her teaching our youth.

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