By Kevin Pye
1er November 2018, I participated in my first CréaCamp from the École branchée.
Tuesday April 30, 2019, I embark a second time in my car, accompanied by a colleague this time, and, still having no sense of direction, I enter my destination in Google Maps! Once we receive confirmation from our manager that we do have substitutes for the day, we hit the road, but this time the nervousness gives way to a higher degree of excitement than during my first experience. CréaCamp. After an hour of driving, we arrive at our destination. Before heading inside, we take one more time selfie for our manager who I think would be interested in attending his first CréaCamp. Who knows what 2019-2020 has in store for him?
We walk into the school to learn that we are in the wrong place. Back in the car for another mile of travel, and here we are at the right place.
In November, I had walked quietly while exploring the place. This time around, I know exactly where to go. The same positive energy is felt from the first few minutes. My colleague feels it too. I am looking for Julie Chandonnet and Julie Chamberland, who were facilitators during my first CréaCamp, but they are not present this time. After a few seconds, the École branchée team comes to welcome us: Audrey Miller, Stéphanie Dionne and Alexane St-Amant. Again, I understand that we are in the right place! We head inside, once again greeted with coffee and small treats. The crowd is cheerful and dynamic. My colleague walks everywhere and feeds on the atmosphere. It feels good to come out of our discussions about snow pants or forming groups for next year.
At 9 a.m., the starting shot was given. Before allowing the facilitators to present in front of us in order to convince us to choose their workshop, I am crowned “CréaCampeur VIP” and I am given a gift card. I am so moved by this thought. I am also taking an initiative, well received by the organizers, to introduce my colleague to the crowd and to showcase her. Good humor and the freedom to act, react and think are basic foundations during a CréaCamp.
Once again, I am torn because all the themes interest me. After several minutes of thought, I manage to limit myself to two options: flexible design and universal design for learning. I am in my workshop room and realize that my classroom is 100 % flexible and that I have already come a long way in the process of transforming to a flexible environment. What do you think I am doing? I am able to get up and go to another workshop. I ask you the same question again: name another formation where we have this freedom?
At noon, we are greeted with a 5 star dinner. In addition to being surrounded by captivating and motivated educators, we feast like royalty. I have never seen other organizations that take care of their participants in this way. And you?
At the end of the day, we meet to close the activity and make connections between what we discovered in each of the workshops and share what we want to reinvest in our classes. I must also specify that there are prizes… yes yes, favorites and participation prizes that are given to participants. I ask you to name another training that you attended and in which we give awards?
One word: WOW!
If you are looking fora formation where you are the hero, a day of training adapted to the 21e century where your needs come first, sign up for a CréaCamp!
If you are looking for a day of training where you have got you covered, the CréaCamp is for you. I'll close by giving you two new predictions for the 2019-2020 school year: I'll be a CréaCampeur for a third edition and a facilitator for an upcoming CréaCamp edition… but what could I talk to you about? @crealabos