It’s been a while since I have blogged, crazy busy times!
I have been wanting to blog about my time at the National ASCD conference in Los Angeles this past week.
This was my first National conference and now that I have had a taste of a top notch conference, I can’t wait to go again! The speakers were amazing, motivational, inspiring, passionate while energizing me to do more and take action. The themes of creativity, innovation, and technology have resonated with me.
Here are some quotes from my experiences:
We spend a huge amount of time moving people in a landscape we are not familiar. We spend about 40% of our time trying to motivate people to do things, so we need to change our perspectives on how to do this.
Social science says there are 3 qualities that help with influence – attunement, buoyancy and clarity. Attunement means to take the perspective-can you see from other’s point of view. Buoyancy is Most of the time, people are going to say no. Yet, if we’re facing an ocean of rejection, how do we stay afloat? Clarity can curate the info. moving from access to curate.
Interrogative self talk is best! Be More prepared – ask if you are really ready? prepared?
Be a better version of your self. An ambivert is in between extrovert and introvert – This is good advice. You will have more success if you are balanced. I have always believed that a balanced approach is best!
Build off ramps, make things easier for people to be successful. We do this for students, why don’t we do this for adults too! Put the supports in place in order for goals to be reached and for staff to be successful! Increase your effectiveness by taking away your power.
Ask more why questions? Why is this important? Why are we doing this? We used this questioning during Backwards Design planning recently! Why do we want our students to learn this??
Develop norms for walk throughs. Expectations for teachers observing. This is something that my VP and I want to work towards with our staff.
Here is visual outlining Daniel Pink’s message:
Then there was Sir Ken Robinson!! Wow! I couldn’t decide if I was watching a comedian or a passionate speaker on creativity.
Book to buy: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
Sir Ken says human talent is diverse and often buried deep. Our job is to bring the talents out! How we do this is not easy, but important!
The story Sir Ken told about a music teacher in Liverpool who had 2 of the Beatles in his class… and missed it. A bit of an oversight… I would hope that our teachers would never miss out on a students’ special talent, skills at any given moment! How do we find our own elements, passion, talents and transform our life? How do we help students do this ?
When there is a correct answer, think creativity. The assignment was to complete the painting, without saying the correct way, then kids were more creative. Here is the link to the video “When there is a correct answer.” Watch and see for yourself!
Then there was the Landfill Harmonic Video – also a worthwhile watch. Ask your staff what they take away from this. How can we instill creative ways to have students show their learning? Inspire? Use music?
Then there was Russell J. Quaglia, another powerful speaker with tremendous passion and humour!
We must lead and teach with Purpose, Engagement and Self Worth. We need to be “normal” and spend more with students; where they are going!
Then it was off to some tech sessions to learn about STEM projects, tech uses, ZooBursts, prezi, google docs , feedly, and extra normal. Even though I teach in a Canadian education system, I related to Project Based Learning and how effective and fun it can be.
I met Eric Sheninger and had him sign his new book: Digital Leadership, which I am currently reading.
Finally, my last session, before boarding our plane, was a Discovery Education session where I met Steve Dembo and learned all about DEN – Discovery Education Network. Steve was a great presenter, engaging, funny and totally inspiring! I have now inquired into being involved with DE and I am participating in a live web tour put on by DE at the MTS center in Winnipeg with the Jets Foundation. I have some students that are going to join me in my office and we will watch the presentation live and hopefully my students will be able to ask some questions about hockey and learn from a Winnipeg Jets player. Super pumped about it!
We managed to squeeze in a LA Kings hockey game. They played the Ducks, a huge rivalry! The fans at the game were loud, cheering and booing, it was great fun.
Survived an earthquake!!! Early Monday morning, my bed was shaking, rattling. I thought there was construction going on outside my room. ( I was on the 4th floor). When I turned on the local news, I discovered we just had a 4.3 earthquake! I think I’d rather go through a Manitoba blizzard than an earthquake! And my colleagues didn’t even know that anything had happened….what earthquake? they asked me. Incredible!
It was definitely a whirl wind trip, totally exhausted after returning, and playing catch up with report cards, interviews, staffing, budgeting, meetings, etc. Wow, I have a lot of work to do now. But, I am inspired by the conference and the speaker’s message of passion and integrity that I hope to carry with me through this busy time!
Thanks for reading!
Any feedback, comments, are appreciated!!!!!