PLC Training Mid Morning Thought

How great would it be if teachers could create their own teams that they work with to make change?

Would that radically shift the operations behind the scenes to help the learning of students?

Just a thought. If we are professionals, can’t we choose our own squads?

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Things That Suck morphed with a Speed Geek Session

I had a great idea this morning. While checking out my Twitter feed and trying to get caught up I read a post about Things That Suck sessions at EdCamps. I was thinking about the two presentations I have to on Wednesday next week that I am highly stressed about. I just don’t see my original ideas coming together. I want to inform, but don’t want to waste people’s time. One idea that always comes up during inservice days are that teachers feel their time is wasted. I am trying really hard to not have this be a feeling when people come to my session(if any in fact show up).

My first session is on Speed Geeking where I am planning to show off different technology tools every 3-5 minutes. I just don’t think this is going to work for a few reasons after I have given it more thought. I need engagement and not just me talking. I had the idea to morph a Things That Suck along with a Speed Geek session.

I have created another Google Document – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FaEgEJZeYMITucCGE4X1FbBcE8L47YMprW06Txmt3q8/edit?usp=sharing

On this document I am seeking out ideas that I could use for this situation. I think it will work. I think it will be fun. I think it will spark conversation among staff members that never work together nor see each other except for a few times a year.

I may need to even modify the three stances of a) sucks b) rocks c) is not worth caring about into different elements.

Please help me craft about some technology topics that could prove useful. I only have 30 minutes so not a lot of time, but enough to start conversation.

Thanks

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This just blew my mind about collaboration

One of my favorite education blogs is http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com

Today I watched this video posted on the site. It is a TED talk(my obsession that I cannot stay away from). This speech really brings up some great points about how and who we work with and how to improve our passions.

I need to absorb this some more and gather my thoughts. I keep thinking about the applications of her driving point to my school as we experiment with Project Based Learning this year. It is an essential piece to help PBL take off in the right direction.

Watch the video and I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

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