A few quotes that stood out for me
- "It's not about the digital divide, it's about the creative chasm"
- "Be the guide on the ride, not the guide on the side."
- "Learning is about unlearning and relearning"
- "Creativity is not an event"
- Make the teaching model for the year we live in"
Next, we participated in a project. In groups of three, we had to pick one topic from the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We had 3 minutes to pick the topic, 7 minutes to research it, and 10 minutes to make a PSA and share it. Everyone was chattering, busy, and all over the building while working. It looked like everyone finished on time. It was so much fun! You can see some of them at #ysdchat.
Finally, Mr. Juliani left us with a question: "What are you going to do that is innovative in your teaching?" And with that, he took the elementary teachers for the rest of the day. The high school teachers broke into pre-arranged groups of four. We were asked to debrief the keynote and project, so the final question was the perfect set up. We were also given the following discussion questions:
- What “aha” moments did you experience during this morning’s activities?
- What are your takeaways from the sessions?
- What questions do you have about Juliani’s approach?
- What have you tried this year that feels successful?
- What are you going to try or what have you tried but still needs some attention and work?
What are three of your current "big ideas" for this year's professional goal? We will use the resulting spreadsheet to help you identify possible collaborative partners for our next session. NOTE: these do not need to be listed in order of priority -- use the form as a brainstorm space that will lead to collegial connections!We got back together as a group and looked at the survey results. Teachers then broke into groups of like-minded people to brainstorm, mingle, and inspire each other. They were encouraged to continue to focus on “asking the right questions.” and come up with a list could be explored over the next month/school year.
I fell pretty strongly that this was a relevant day of work for staff. I was excited when I was helping to plan this day, and I can't wait to see what people will try with their classes. This has also helped me to see that we need to update our digital citizenship final project with the 9th graders. Stay tuned!