RANDOLPH, NJ- Teachers, administrators and parents spent a day learning, brainstorming and focusing on education at a special EdCamp at Randolph Middle School on Nov. 14.
Fernbrook Principal Danielle Soldivieri, an organizer for the program hosted by Randolph Township Schools, said the EdCamp is designed for passionate educators who want personalized professional development geared towards bringing innovative ideas into the classroom. "EdCamps are unique because the sessions are led by colleagues and based around universal topics in education," Soldivieri said. "It is an excellent way to
build professional learning networks with other passionate educators.
The goal of an EdCamp is to bring educators together to discuss pedagogy, classroom strategies and technology that works."
In one classroom, a group of students from the Fernbrook Summer STEAM program spoke about what they learned in the program. The students showed a video presentation and Fernbrook teacher Jenise Janulis helped them answer questions. Janulis runs the summer program which focuses on everything from technology to the arts and is made possible through Title I funding.
In another classroom, RMS Principal Dennis Copeland asked middle school educators to discuss the characteristics of a children ages 12-14. Dr. Copeland separated educators in groups and asked them to focus on students of a certain age. In the end, the educators all shared their ideas and wrote them on poster boards which they shared with the motivated group.
In another classroom, a passionate Madame Sylvie de Bourmant spoke to educators about "how student emotions affect their maturity and performance." "Students are not perfect and we are not perfect," she said.
EdCamp participants said they were very impressed with the program.
"I loved the whole concept," said parent Nicole Jenisch. "It is so innovative in using technology to engage the kids."
"It was very engaging," said parent Francesca Lavin, who added the program helps educators learn how to reach students.
"It was awesome to see how a little bit of inspiration can get the best out of kids," said parent Paola Heincke.
Some teachers had fun at makerspace station in the cafeteria.