For this week's #LeadLAP challenge, think about a meeting, professional development day, inservice, etc. that you have coming up in the next week or two. Ask those transformational questions of yourself as you begin to plan:
- If your attendees didn't have to be there, would the room be empty?
- How could you make this a experience that you could sell tickets to?
- How could you alter the room or setting to make the learning more meaningful?
- When planning the content, how could you make it relevant to all that are in attendance?
- How could voice and choice of participants be honored?
- Which #tlap hook could you use to increase learning?
- If you were a participant in the training yourself, would you want to be there?
- How could you get prior feedback from the participants to help with your planning to personalize and differentiate the experience as much as possible?
- How could you ensure that the transformation would only add to the learning and not take away?
At our professional learning day this past Friday, the leadership team and I wanted to be sure that we devoted a portion of our time to the opportunity of leaning new information. Collective professional development with staff is much needed to create a common language and understanding, but offering staff options for personalization of learning is also a priority in our building. One of our goals is to deepen our knowledge of best practice at the middle level. I first thought I would find a shared article to read and process together as a staff. As I looked for an article on amle.org, I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to let our staff choose the reading that best matched what they needed, as any of these articles would help us live our school mission. The next question was how to transform the traditional read and respond method in our meeting. Through our school hashtag #FMSTeach, I had seen a teacher in our building showcase "speed dating" with a book to help students narrow down their next read. That sparked a an idea in my mind of how to make this work with our staff. FMS Speed Dating PD was on it's way to reality! The big day arrived and our staff selected their article and took notes on their advanced organizer that I had created. (PIRATE-style, of course Template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WXMqUSvu2dwoQhIWmr18LS9e6UiA3ztupbvF1HNMwj8/edit?usp=sharing)
We then revamped our library to speed dating central by moving our chairs into two circles to face each other. Staff would have three rounds to share their learning and then in turn gain learning from their colleagues. The first partner had 90 seconds to share the most important points from his/her article. The second partner then had 30 seconds to paraphrase (a norm of collaboration that we are practicing) and ask questions. Partners would then switch roles and repeat the process. I modeled this specifically before beginning and ran the timer on the Smartboard to keep us on track.
Remember the power of the PLN as you begin planning your ideas for transformation. Feel free to reach out to the amazing leaders on the #LeadLAP hashtag for support or ideas. Together, we really are better! Shelley and I can't wait to see your amazing ideas unfold over the coming weeks!