Here is what I tried...
- Deliver an Equity PD using a technology tool, already created. Not bad, get people thinking, although probably could have taken 20 slides out and made it better. Even though I reviewed it 10 times, upon delivery, it did not hit the mark I was hoping. We have all felt this! haha!
- Tried to confuse staff in order to build a sense of intrigue and help them understand how some of their students may feel by delivering 2 identical thoughts in 2 ways. (one was text, the other was audio). Wanted them to think metacognitively about this task. What did he mean...
- Show the video with a confusing explanation and discussion.
- Discussions on collaboration vs. partner work with a twist with teachers not being allowed to talk for first 10 minutes during a collaborative exercise. They then discussed, made decisions and some built consensus with a share out. The importance of pre-thought was stressed for lower students in their room and how powerful this idea is.
- This was done in a round about way with each teacher having a job and rotating. Confused yet...
- Addressing the idea of "color blindness" and it's negative effects and asking teachers to take the opposite argument of the TED talk to better understand their feelings about the topic.
- All of this was after a sharing of who you are (each staff member) and my current, with past feelings, about who we are as a school. I wanted them to hear from me, honestly and unapologetically, without reservation. It was a thought out practiced presentation. I think this was my best part of the day... My observation. This was 5 minutes total! haha!
- This was all done under an umbrella where I wanted teachers to be creative, reason, analyze, be metacognitive, and self-actualized with minimal comprehension and hopefully no retrieval.
I tried to do this from 8:52 am until 11: 57 with a 10 minute break, but we did get up from time to time to share, talk, etc.
It was too much, I am at fault. I did not do an hour long power point, but I did jam down 5 days worth of PD in 3 hours.
I hope that we pull these main concepts out of it:
- We need to continue to push how students think. Cognitive Growth.
- 21st Century skills are as much face to face with technology enhancements as they are technology based products. They are a marriage.
- If we allow students to process some of their thoughts in advance, even just minutes, they will be better contributors to collaboration.
- True collaboration is producing a better product, not just working together to produce something one student could do on their own.
- We need to not be color blind and not only recognize, but celebrate our differences.
- We need to continue to push the #cddolphins way. We are great, not apologetic about it, and this is okay.
- We need to find different ways to deliver content both with technology and without, in order to get a meaningful engaged experience for students.
Those are the main objectives. I think my abundance of energy and ideas may have diluted them just in their magnitude as an idea, and magnitude in number.
I will learn from this, as this is not the first time I have done this, but I really realized it today. I wish I learned things the first time I did them.... UGHHH!
Here is what I am happy about:
I am happy that I believe we continue to push our way of thinking. I am happy that we continued dialogue around a common language. I am happy that I think our mindsets are evolving. I am happy that my staff were awesome in their participation and engagement. I am happy that I believe people were a little uncomfortable at times and dealt with it. I am happy that although I am not happy about the day, I am also not disappointed. Take it in perspective, not the end of the world, but this is one of my leadership struggles and seems like a forever problem.