“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend. Come inside, come inside.”
-Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp is taking the show on the road by instituting a brand new #CUERockstar monthly chat. That’s right, rock stars. Every month, last Sunday of the month, right after #caedchat (that’s curtain up at 9:15pst to you) we will be inviting past, present, and future rock stars to gather together and plan, collaborate, learn, and shred.
The reason is simple: CUE Rock Star is too good to keep to ourselves and too powerful to contain in a three day camp over the summer. Real rock stars need to tour, need to play, and need to jam together. That’s how we all get stronger. #CUErockstar chat will bring together voices that otherwise would spend the school year apart, thinking about their time at camp but not growing like we could be.
Stage-managed by Jon Corripo, Doug Robertson, Jo-Ann Fox, and John Stevens, #CUErockstar will bring in guest moderators from Rock Star Camp faculty and attendees (the true rock stars) and keep reflections going, share on-going improvements, and plan forward.
“Doug, do I need to have gone to a Rock Star Camp to participate?” No, you don’t, though you might do more lurking than you normally would in a chat. Which is actually not a bad thing, we can learn a lot by listening. I think I heard someone say that once. Camp faculty and attendees will get the most out of at least this first chat, but if you’ve never been and want to go, #CUErockstar will whet your appetite*.
In our inaugural chat (Sunday, 9:15pst), we’re going to reflect on the summer’s camps, generate ideas for this chat and for Rock Star in general going forward, and blame the scapegoat for any miscues, mistakes, and misfires. Watch out for the pyro.
As Sir Ken Robinson shared in his 2014 CUE conference keynote
There was a quote from Benjamin Franklin: ‘There are three sorts of people: those who are immovable, people who are movable and people who move.’ That’s right: there are people in the system who don’t get it. They don’t want to get it. Don’t worry about them. There are people who do; work with them. And then there are people who move, and I think that’s what CUE is trying to mobilize. And you know, if enough people move, that’s a movement. And if the movement is strong enough, that’s a revolution. And that’s what we need.
Come with us to move the revolution, grow the movement, and build an army. You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest chat in the world- #CUErockstar.
Doug Robertson is the CUE blog editor and a tenth-year teacher currently talking at fifth graders in Northern Oregon. He’s taught in California, Hawaii, and Oregon in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. He’s the author of two books about education, He’s the Weird Teacher and THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome) and an active blogger. Doug speaks at teaching conferences including CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps, presenting on everything from technology to teaching philosophy (or teaching The Weird Way, to use his words). Doug is also the creator and moderator of #WeirdEd on Twitter, which happens every Wednesday at 7pm PST.