Many of us are fortunate to attend great PD sessions and conferences where the conversations and enthusiasm reign high. What isn’t always heard in these conversations is how to maintain and ignite the fires when we return to our busy school environments.
Are we able to incorporate Inquiry and Critical Thinking into our next history lesson? Is the equipment available to our school capable of supporting a philosophy of connecting, blogging, tweeting, or media construction? Are our colleagues, administrators and parents in our schools ready for some new, BIG ideas? One thing we probably don’t think twice about is whether our students are ready for creativity and relevance. So how do you champion for change?
Dave Meister asked yesterday “Are You Willing to Connect?” and our networked community responded enthusiastically, on a Saturday afternoon! Aviva Dunsiger set up a Google Doc and we were off, in a flurry of brainstorming and idea-generation.
Our discussion thus far focuses on some practical examples of staff PD, sharing best practices via Skype or Eluminate and having some fulsome discussions surrounding successes and challenges. There is a palpable concern that this will be yet another discussion, and that echoes what we heard at the OTF Teaching and Learning in the 21stC. While we engaged in terrific brainstorming about deep learnings and social connections, the hands-on portion on the third day really helped contextualize and reinforce concepts. Plans are underway to continue the OTF connections through Eluminate with session presenters.
Seems to me that we should be rolling some of this together, if possible, as we take the next steps toward Connecting, on the ground, and in the Cloud.