Wednesday, I had the opportunity to present some ideas on school change, leadership, social networking, and ongoing district projects to our whole team of administrators from the K-12 buildings. I had been waiting for this.
The wiki (private for now) I created for it doesn’t really do it justice because of the discussion that took place in the breaks, or the people who stopped me afterward and pushed the topics further, or asked for more time on these the projects we saw. I didn’t hit the nail squarely, as I explained to my wife, as I feel that I didn’t really address the need for them to be reading administrator blogs or teacher blogs, nor did I show them how their teachers can fully utilize some of the new tools we have added to district machines, but, hey, I only had 2.5 hours.
Here was the agenda:
- Overview and Purpose
- What skills are our students going to need to compete in a changing workplace environment?
- Does our pedagogy prepare them for that workplace?
- When you meet with teachers, what can you offer by means of improvement of instruction or preparation through technology?
- What meaningful experiences are teachers in your building, your district and beyond engaged in with their students?
- What are some tools I can use to become more productive and save time while performing tasks that are essential to my job?
I really adhered to Scott’s post from while ago and tried to focus on issues that they currently deal with, and how to make them more productive. One of the issue that stood out from my contact with teachers over the past year was lack of specific direction coming from post-observation meetings. When told to incorporate technology, what did that mean? When told to differentiate instruction, how did they do that? During my presentation, I tried to give examples of specific methods they could incorporate into their written evaluations.
There has been a recent spate of posts about meetings like this (see Bach, Chris, and Barbara), where the presenters were asked to accomplish a lot in a small amount of time. Reflecting on it, I truly love the moment where you know you’ve prepared, and you are so ready that you are inviting dissension that leads to discussion.
Anyone else out there doing anything similar?