- This video is my Thank You to everyone involved in CLMOOC - facilitators, planners, lurkers, fellow participants and anyone else who was even tangentially a part of this experience. It has been a really rewarding, enriching and energizing 6 weeks for me.
Continuing with the gut responses: I was stupidly happy to be able to interact with so many smart people who were curious, active learners. I don't get enough of that in my offline life, or even usually in my online life. This is what I will
I still wished that more people were able to respond to the posts of more other people. I think it is the nature of a "not-a-class" experience to try to simultaneously be completely No-Pressure while still needing and reaping the benefits of interaction and connection. I wanted more of all of it - more interaction, more connection, more people responding to more posts, more depth sometimes. Is this antithetical to the "jump in and out" nature of it? I don't think so. I think everyone benefits if we hear more points of view, have a more tangible audience. Post at least two meaningful comments for each Make you post?? I want to make sure I engage my students in a plethora of these interactions - they are too valuable to shortcut.
This past school year, I gave my teammates a survey to discover their strongest role on a team. Categories included the Organizer, the Cheerleader, the Producer, etc. What we found is that the role we were most missing were Challengers - people who are willing to speak up and disagree: Disagree with the status quo, disagree with the consensus, disagree with a decision, a plan, a goal. In CLMOOC, for me this person was Terry Elliott. Just when things felt comfy-cozy, Terry jumped in to question the concept of hacking, and continued to question things throughout CLMOOC. Terry's input helped me to enjoy this experience at an exponentially higher level than I would have without his challenges. Like my school team, I think CLMOOC needs more of that - it encourages healthy debate and thinking outside the current mood and online feed stream. On top of that, Terry is a talented maker and writer.
Kevin Hodgson-music-magic-maps-tools. He added his music to one of my Makes, and
made it infinitely better. He adds meaning. His collaboration-reflection with Terry was gorgeous. He brings magic to CLMOOC and is incredibly smart, positive and supportive. Sheri Edwards helped to capture me into CLMOOC early on by looking at my work and commenting. It's so important early on to feel "seen," and she is a master at this. She was also our cheerleader, helping us even when on vacation or spending time with her grandchildren, and is extending the connections beyond CLMOOC to a middle school network. Karen Fasimpaur, Mia Zamora, Kim Douillard and her photos, Mary Ellen B, Scott Glass, Fred Mindlin, Simon Ensor, Charlene Doland, Michelle Stein (and others that I know I'm forgetting) were the inspirational glue that held CLMOOC together and helped make it such a valuable experience.
So many "nurturers," as Michelle Stein called them. Thanks everyone, for making this possible!
"There's no wrong answer here."