Call to Action- Follow Up

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In the process of pitching my innovation plan, I realized I should follow a certain pattern.  After watching Nancy Duarte’s Ted Talk,  I was reiterated that I should start with the “what is” and then the “what could be” and repeat these to make my point.  At the end, I need to explain and communicate about a “new bliss”.  I really need to use my call to action to prove how my plan would better education programming, in my school.

My story behind my innovation plan is one that is really motivated by the success of students.  Being a special education teacher, all I want is for my students to be successful.  I don’t want them to just be successful in high school, but in their post-secondary life. I don’t want to prepare my students for the current world, but for the future world.

My role as a presenter, is to see the world through my eyes.  It’s my job to really sell my innovation plan and make them believe that this can truly benefit our students.  I want the audience to be as invested as I am, because if they have that same feeling they will actually put effort into rolling out my innovation plan.  They will see the value in students using ePortfolios, in the classroom, to prepare them for their post-secondary lives.

Successful Tech Integration

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Technology can be a huge part of a classroom, whether it’s making a positive or negative impact.  Sometimes technology is meaningfully introduced to staff, through a variety of ways, continuously.  There are also times when technology is introduced briefly to teachers and then asked use it, with little to no learning opportunities.  Technology needs to be introduced and continuously  practiced, to be able to understand the educational tool appropriately.

In addition to the continuous practice of the tool, the technology being introduced into the classroom needs to be beneficial to all of the teachers needs.  There needs to be a variety of uses for the educational tool, because not all teachers can use a tool the same way.  Just simply selecting a tool for teachers to use, without input is a huge mistake.  When selecting tools in the classroom, including technology, there isn’t a “one size fits all” option.  Teachers and students need to be a part of this crucial selection process, in order to be successful.

Plus Delta

Although Plus Delta is rather simple, it would still be able to accomplish the goal at hand. Plus Delta allows for individuals to be able to get a visual of the good and the needs.  After reviewing the positive and the delta, the needs, it allows for the individuals to brainstorm about the ways the delta can be improved.  I really enjoy that this tool allows for a leader and other staff to be able to reflect and collaborate, in a positive manner.  I know that sometimes people can be defensive when told they need to improve, but this tool seems like this awkward situation can be avoided.

I think this would be of great use, when carrying out my innovation plan.  When meeting with teacher who are piloting and later all teachers that are using ePortfolios in the classroom, this will be a great way to provide feedback and grow .  I think that with the visual and mention of the positive, my fellow teachers wouldn’t be as hesitant to hear about the areas of need.  This could be used individually, with a one-on-one meeting after an observation.  It  could also be used at department meetings and faculty meetings, to go over commonalities noticed during observations.  I’ll definitely take this tool into consideration, for my innovation plan.

Professional Learning Plan Outline: ePortfolios

I’ve included a snapshot and link of my PL Outline for the professional learning related to my ePortfolio initiative.  I have developed a month by month plan of the learning that teachers and administrators with be a part of, while developing and helping students develop their ePortfolios.  My innovation plan goal is for students to develop an ePortfolio to reflect, collaborate and make meaningful connections through the learning process to prepare them for post-secondary life by enabling them to be lifelong learners.

PL OUTLINE

 

Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

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To be comfortable with being uncomfortable means that an individual is okay and willing to be challenged and take risks. Adjusting to something new or trying something new can be scary. I feel that as teachers, we all need to be able to adjust. Whether it’s teaching a new class, getting a new student, or having a class completely miss how a certain skill or concept that was taught. We need to be flexible and willing to change b to best help our students. Our goal is to help our students be successful and changing to meet their needs is the answer.

I believe that with be open to something new or accepting challenges, an individual needs to be okay with making mistakes. I tell my students that everyone make mistakes, no one is perfect. If I’m solving an equation or expression on the board and I accidentally write the wrong number and a student corrects me, I thank them. I try to let students know that mistakes happen all that time and it’s not a bad thing. It can be a learning experience. I really feel that that’s how learning really sticks. If I make a mistake and I learn from it, it helps me to make a more meaningful connection to the skill or content. Reminding students that they will need to continue to learn even after they leave school and with learning comes mistakes.

Students need to always be encouraged to want to learn and become lifelong learners, so they can be prepared for their future. Whether they are in a school setting or work setting, learning is constant. If students want to be successful in any post-secondary they need to be willing and want to learn. If they don’t become lifelong learners they might get fired, from a job, because they don’t read want to read the new protocol they’ve been given. If they aren’t open to taking a risk they might not apply for a job or school that they really want because they are nervous about not getting in or it being too challenging.

To encourage this, I really think that co-learning models that you are a teacher and still wanting to learn. Students see teachers as ones that know all and that isn’t the case. Letting students know that you a teacher is willing to learn, accept that they don’t know everything and are will to be challenged will encourage them to be lifelong learners as well.

Professional Learning: Call to Action

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Step 1: The Call to Action

 

PL: Call to Action

Step 2: What is the Story behind the Story

The Why:

I don’t believe I can take anymore of the standard PD days anymore.  With some of the classes I’ve taken, especially this course, I now feel like I can do something about it.  I want to show my school that professional learning can take place and be enjoyable.  I want them to feel like they are getting something out of it and that it is relevant.  Most importantly, I want my co-workers to feel like they have a choice in their learning.  I mean isn’t that what we preach to students?  If we want our students to learn that way, shouldn’t we?

My school primarily does a set and get, one size fits all professional development.  Although they haven’t really been innovative with this, they have shown that they are open to change.  Just recently they supplied Chromebooks to all students.  After this, they switched our learn platform from Blackboard to Canvas.  To prepare teachers, they had multiple sessions some that were just sit and get while others were go and show.  They also had multiple sessions that cover a variety or needs for teachers.  Lastly, they appointed a teacher to the be the “Canvas Guru”.

All these little steps make me feel that they will be open to switching things up, with professional learning.  Soon, I will be moving forward with my ePortfolio initiative and I want to ensure that teacher feel like they are truly getting something out of my presentations and that they want to continue using ePortfolios in the classroom.  I don’t want to be the presenter that has to fight for the audience’s attention.  I really want profession development days to be seen as a positive experience.

The What:

My what is the video above.  The video captures the ideas about professional development now and how it can be changed by incorporating the five principals of effective professional development.  I plan on showing this video to my co-workers, in hopes that professional development will change.

The How:

I started this plan about alternate professional learning about my call to action, with a script.  I usually type all of my assignments on Google Docs or straight to WordPress, but for scripts, I’d rather not click from tap to tap, between the document and the video production program.  For my script, I decided to write in down on paper.

After I finished my script, I was then ready to create my video.  I used Adobe Spark, because I used it in the past and really enjoyed working with the program.  When creating the video on my call to action, I needed to find pictures to go with my script.  I used Pixabay, because the pictures are free and don’t need to be cited.  The awesome thing about Adobe Spark is that when recording, the individual doesn’t need to be pressured to keep each slide up for a certain time frame.  The user just chooses a picture and then records what they want the audience to hear, when they are looking at the particular slide.

My video was also complete, now I needed to connect my script and pictures to be one cohesive entity.  My computer had some issues with the microphone, but I was able to get that resolved.  When the video was completed, I created a post and added it.  After completing the video, I then needed to create my why, what and how.

References:

Adobe Spark. Free graphic design app. Retrieved from https://spark.adobe.com/

Collection of Professional Learning Cliparts (39). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://clipart-library.com/professional-learning-cliparts.html

Duarte, N. (2013). Resonate: Present visual stories that transform audiences. John Wiley & Sons. An online media version of Resonate can be accessed for free at http://resonate.duarte.com/#!page0

Gulamhussein, A. (2013). Teaching the teachers effective professional development in an era of high stakes accountability. Center for Public Education. Retrieved from http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/system/files/Professional%20Development.pdf

Pixabay. Free images. Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/

The Hook

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When thinking about how to start a presentation for professional learning, the  How to Begin a Presentation video with Simon Sinek really resonated with me.  When trying to create change someone should start with a story and most importantly is “to come with the spirit of giving.” (Sinek, 2015) I’m not sure how anyone else feels but I honestly hate when someone is being a pushy salesman and trying to sell me something.  I’m very strong minded and do what I want, so when someone is trying to sell me something, I’m completely turned off to the at idea.  When I’ve walked into stores and someone tried this tactic and it just make me want to run away.  It’s gives me a super uncomfortable feeling and I definitely don’t enjoy it, so I would never want to create change by using this strategy.

By starting with a story, it gives the audience a way to connect to the the change you are trying to create.  It opens up the audience to being accepting this change in a no pressure situation, rather than feeling forced.  I know that I want to feel that I have a choice and I’m sure others feel the same.  In past courses, I’ve learned that leading with that heart can really create change.  The head won’t go where the heart hasn’t been.

As much as we like to think, we are not the heros.  We are the mentors that guide the audience along through this presentation and process of change.  I would start with my story.  After watching the videos this week, it helped me to keep in mind to keys details and dos and don’ts.  I would then bring up what it currently is and what it could be.  I would remind them of the obstacles that we all face and offer a solution to get through those obstacles.  I think that by sharing a relatable personal story, bringing up a relatable roadblock and offering a solution will help to create change and help our students be successful.

I feel that I’ve have been given so much useful information and hope the be able to develop an effective call to action for alternative professional learning.

References:

Sinek, S. (2015, May 5). How to begin your presentation [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/e80BbX05D7Y

Tedx Talks. (December 10, 2010). Tedxeast- Nancy duarte uncovers common structure of greatest communicators 11/11/2010 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nYFpuc2Umk&feature=youtu.be