Call to Action: Innovation Plan



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Call to Action- Follow Up


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


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.



Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

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.