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February:

(please copy and paste the two sections below - Mining the Effort & Opportunity in Overalls - to your personal learning journal)
Mining the Effort
  • What artifacts of your personal learning have you been collecting?
  • What process shifts do these suggest in your practice?

  • What artifacts of student learning have you been collecting?
  • What process shifts do these suggest in their practice?

An Opportunity in Overalls
How is your journey like that of a storyteller? Of a researcher?

What question did you start out to find answer(s) to?
  • What tweaks, edits, modifications have you made to your focus question?
  • What question(s) remain?
  • What new questions have surfaced as a result of your exploration this far?

As a researcher:

What are you measuring?
  • What patterns are surfacing?
  • What themes are emerging?
  • What does your data suggest?

As a learner:
  • Where have you allowed yourself to be vulnerable in this process?
  • How are you allowing yourself, your professional learning to be 'seen'?
  • In what way(s) have you found the courage to be 'imperfect'?
  • What a-ha! moments, elements of a 'spiritual awakening'/"breakdown" have you experienced? What might these insights suggested to you?

What story is unfolding from your research?
  • (just bullet point notes for now)


Defining Your Focus

Considering the bigger picture...
  • What IS Early Adopters?

  • What is Early Adopters NOT?

  • What examples from your/your students practice might you offer others to "show" this?



January:

  • Working on the Work
    • Please post your Activity Write-Up and Reflection --> moving toward your vision
      • To make a new Activity page:
        • Title: <name, topic>
        • Template: activity design
        • Tags: design, discipline (see chart), campus, last name (ex: design, sciene, Ridgecrest, Butler)
      • SAVE your page
      • CHECK to be sure you page appears on our NEW SBISD Activity Share page, as well as on your Learning Journal page (both linked above)

  • Essential Elements of Early Adopters:
    • Documenting & Reflecting Less Is More - reflect & connect
    • Questioning
    • Feeding Yourself
    • Peer Feedback
    • Self-Monitoring & Assessment

Subject Author Replies Views Last Message
Additional Resources? swilkie swilkie 8 52 Jan 30, 2014 by swilkie swilkie
Tweaks, Edits, Modifications? swilkie swilkie 6 33 Jan 30, 2014 by Zievertp Zievertp


November:

  • Housekeeping
    • Personal Learning Journeys - what needs your attention?
      • destination postcard
      • introductory info
      • focus question
      • Walking the Walk (scroll down this page to October) - copy, paste & respond to each prompt
  • Working on the Work
    • Please post your Activity Write-Up and Reflection --> moving toward your vision
      • To make a new Activity page:
        • Title: <name, topic>
        • Template: activity design
        • Tags: design, discipline (see chart), campus, last name (ex: design, sciene, Ridgecrest, Butler)
      • SAVE your page
      • CHECK to be sure you page appears on our NEW SBISD Activity Share page, as well as on your Learning Journey page (both linked above)
    • Please consider the post of your "number partner"
      • Use the discussion area of their activity page to pose at least one question about and one connection to their students experience
      • Resources:

  • Connecting Your Thinking - please copy, paste & respond on your personal page, under Resources
    • Who else is thinking about your topic?
    • Who else is grappling with this element of practice?
    • What are they finding?
    • How are they sharing?




  • Summer Lovin' - connecting back to EA Summer Institute (30 min)
    • Partner Up!
    • Pick one activity/lesson from above
    • After reviewing the activity, access the discussion area of that page and create a new discussion titled: Connections
    • Work with your partner to identify connections between that activity and the following:
      • connect to Blooms - where might this fall within Blooms Taxonomy?
      • connect to SAMR - where might this fall within SAMR
      • connect to SBISD Goals - in what way(s) does this activity support SBISD T-2-4 and Findings and Directions work?

  • Reflect: What is More? What is Different?
    • Consider this post and contribute your personal reflection to our blog
    • In your post, please include a link to your activity, student work and/or other artifacts that have informed your practice and shaped your reflection
    • Please link this post to the top of your personal page
    • T-P-S: Given the feedback from your students and your sticker partner, and drawing on your personal reflections, what might your next design step be? What small shift or iteration will you make to move you/your students closer to your vision?

  • Food for Thought: Documentation & Reflection (20 min)
    • How and where are your students documenting & reflecting on their work?
    • What artifacts of learning are your students collecting?
    • How & where are students storing and sharing their artifacts and reflections?
    • Why bother?



October

Activity Share
  1. Please visit our Activity Share page
  2. Consider the activity posted by the person above & below you and respond to the following prompts:
    • What connections do you draw to their activity (content, technology, pedagogy, etc.)?
    • What extensions, or "next-step" ideas come to mind?
    • What questions do you have about their activity or experience?

  1. Return to your own activity
  2. Consider & respond to the posted comments

Growing the Culture of our Learning Community:
  • Think:
    • Group 1: Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement - Attributes of Professional Learning Communities
      • Read & Consider:
        • What elements of a learning community are already present on our team?
        • Of the attributes outlined in the article, which are our strongest? Which need more of our attention?
        • Why bother...in what way(s) might our consistent attention to these efforts support our individual & collective work?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "Top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the development & success of our Early Adopters learning community
    • Group 2: Creating A Culture of Innovation
      • Read & Consider:
        • In what way(s) might our work this year be considered "innovative"?
        • Of those listed, which innovative behaviors are present on our team? In what way(s)?
        • Of these behaviors, which appear to influence or shape our practice the most? Why?
        • Of those listed, which behavior(s) do you find, or imagine to be most challenging? Why?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "Top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the development & success of our Early Adopters learning community
    • Group 3: Digital Wisdom
      • Read & Consider:
        • How would you describe "digital wisdom"?
        • In what way(s) might "digital wisdom" play a part of our work this year?
        • How might our attitudes influence or shape this opportunity (in support of and as a hindrance to...)?
        • What process changes might we need to make to help us address coverage of content, as described in the article?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "Top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the development & success of "digital wisdom" in our Early Adopters learning community
    • Group 4: Implementation Dip
      • Read & Consider:
        • Have you felt an "implementation dip"? If so, how would you describe it?
        • What might be important to keep in mind as we work through these dips?
        • How could your campus leaders best recognize and support your efforts?
        • What strategies will you employ to work and persevere through the challenges associated with implementing change?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the ongoing development & success of our Early Adopter efforts?
  • Jigsaw:
    • Gather with a member from each group
    • Share your notes & post in discussion area (click on text bubble at the top of this page)
      • What connections did you draw between your readings?
      • How does this relate to "Rigor & Relevance" work?
      • What is our purpose, Why Early Adopters?
      • Consider Top 5 of each partner. If asked to consider both lists and blend to create a new "Top 3" what would you include?
      • What are the "Yeah, but..." issues we need to overcome?
        • Post in discussion area below
        • Visit the "Yeah, but..." posts of the group above and below yours
        • What strategies can you offer for working through those obstacles?
  • Share: whole team
    • Given your conversation, what might we need to consider as we learn toward our goal of student-owned learning and global connectivity?
    • What professional & pedagogical process changes will be important to consider?
    • What do we want or need to avoid to make the most of this opportunity? How can our EA team support this?

Creating Edutopia
Feedback Form

September

Inquiry & Design Challenge:
  • Disciplined inquiry into a possibility (or problem) within the school or classroom
  • Collaborative and takes place in a community of practice
  • Meaningful, positive, and reflective
  • Data-driven, action-based, improvement-focused
  • Transformative

Resources:



October:

  • Housekeeping
    • October Share
    • Activity Write-Up, Reflection and Enrichment --> clarifying your vision
  • Paying Attention?
    • Who's their audience?
    • What's the purpose?
    • Doing some more, or doing some things differently?
  • Destination - Vision - Mission - Action
  • Walking the Walk
    • How are you prepared to Walk the Walk this year? How will your journey reflect action research ?
    • Please go to your personal learning journal page and respond to the following:
      • Identify your Goals & Objectives
      • What Obstacles/Problems do you anticipate?
      • What Strategies will you use to overcome these obstacles?
      • What resources and materials will you share via our EA wiki and learning community?
      • Data Collection:
        • Pre-assessment - how will you determine the base-line of your students in your target area?
      • Action Research Assessment and Evaluation:
        • How will you measure success?
        • How will you know if you have succeeded?
        • What will you collect as evidence of success?
  • Immediate Opportunities...
  • Activity Types
  • Design Time


September:

  • 6-Word Memoirs
  • #1st5Days - Revisit, Reflect & Revise
  • Investing
  • Clarity of Vision -


    • Building Scramble( groups of 4 from different buildings): choose who will read and represent each component
    • Divide & Conquer: gather in "resource teams" (those who will read same resource as you)
      • as you read and discuss with your resource team, take bullet point notes and be prepared to take the following back to your jigsaw group:
        • summary of article
        • critical elements and how you see each connecting with:
          • learning
          • R&R
          • T24
          • SBISD EA experience
        • consider and share why you think the big idea(s) behind your resource was used as a shaping feature of EA?
        • please post a group "thought shot" in our discussion area to reflect your bullet point notes from above
    • Reconvene in jigsaw group of 4
      • Work together to share notes, summaries, elements, connections and believed significance of your resource
    • Individually reflect on your discussion and how/where it connects to the identified NEED for change (doing some things differently, as opposed to doing something else)
      • create a bullet point list in the discussion area of your personal page
    • Collaborate with your jigsaw team to draft a description of the EA effort
      • How would you describe your EA learning journey, as it relates to each of these driving elements, and the way(s) in which it is different from other PD experiences (expectations, heavy lifting, support, etc.)?
      • Every Hand, Every Mind, Every Voice - your description must represent elements of each members thinking (bullet point lists)
      • Record & share your description - (audio, video or text-with-image; post it to each of your personal pages)
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  • Resources

  • Shaping Your Opportunity
  • Developing A Prototype for Testing




  • Campus Pages


(list of pages tagged: eac2)