My Expectations Were Not Met


We’ve all had times in our lives when people did not meet our expectations. And oftentimes as a result of these experiences we begin to expect less and tolerate more.

I have spent the past two days with the organizers of @EdCampUNY. I flew all the way from Maryland just to attend the event. Being away from my wife and kids was not easy, but I thought the trip would be worth it.

So when I called home to check in on my family, my wife asked me if everyone was what I expected. I told her yes.

But then I gave her question a little more thought. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized I was wrong.

Everyone was not what I expected. The folks that I had been so excited to meet did not meet my expectations.

They exceeded them!

The folks that I had the honor of joining this weekend were:

More passionate than I could have expected.

More knowledegable than I ever realized.

More fun than I thought possible.

But more than anything, the folks I had the honor of spending the weekend with were kinder than I could have ever imagined.

I have read many pieces about the connections that are made at edcamps so I had some idea of what to expect. I knew that good conversations would be had and that I would come away with knowledge and tools that would make me a better educator.

What I came away with was so much more!

What I came away with was new friendships.

What I came away with was inspiration.

But more than anything, what I came away with was a glimpse of the possible.

And wow, what I saw of it was pretty amazing!

I am back home now. On my couch. With my family. In my pajamas. Preparing for a new week. I had expected a lot from @EdCampUNy and the folks that organized the event. Fortunately for me they didn’t meet my expectations.

They exceeded them!

I can’t wait until next year.





2 thoughts on “My Expectations Were Not Met

  1. Great blog Jon. Thank you so much for coming. It was a great edcamp! Really proud of it and great conversation throughout the day. Really great to meet you! Vicki

  2. Jon, Some of us were talking today and going on and on about what an authentic and kind guy you are. We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet you. You made the edcamp extra special. I am honored to know you.

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