This is a live blogging event of the work PDE SAS Institute teachers and leaders will be doing during our four sessions today. Please join in on twitter with the hashtag #edusolutions – or join us in the comment section!
Today we are going to solve the biggest problem in education.
And that is going to require all of us to roll up our sleeves, get our fingers warmed up for typing, our minds spinning for innovative solutions, and our vocal chords ready for talking.
This is not going to be a sit and get session.
This is an earn to learn session.
Sorry if you thought otherwise
Oh, by the way….
I’m A.J. Juliani. I’m the author of “Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom” and work as an Education and Technology Innovation Specialist at Upper Perkiomen School District.
Ok, are you ready to get to work?
First thing we need to do is get set up.
Can everyone pull out a device (or open one up) and go to ajjuliani.com/sas14 – this site will have all the resources you need for today’s session.
And will also have follow up resources for after the session.
Second thing is to look around you. See any paper you may have in your bad or on the table. See the people and spaces around you. Use them all to the best possible means today as we are working. Think like Jason Bourne.
Third. We are going to move extremely fast today. There is going to be time to talk, but that talk should lead to action. And the action should lead to some type of outcome or solution.
If you feel pressed for time, that is a good thing. If you feel like there is alot going on at the same time. That is also a good thing. This is the world we live in now. Lots of noise and not much time to get things done.
5: Here are the 21st century skills that we love talking about:
The problem is that these skills were created 20 years ago…and a lot has changed since then…much of it not “predicted” well.
What I found during my years teaching and in a leadership role is that the 21st century skills are a great starting point…but they should be just that…a starting point.
If we want students who are future ready. We must add the following skills to the mix:
- Developing and Navigating Choice
- Inquiry (ask the right questions)
- G.R.I.T. (guts, resiliency, integrity, tenacity)
- Authentic Challenges and Environments
- Pace Management
Any classroom that has learners developing and working through those skills…is an innovative classroom.
Ok, enough of me talking. Time to get to work.
10: What (in your opinion) is the biggest problem in education. And the biggest challenge at your school/district?
- Why is it such a problem?
- Can you solve this problem in your school?
- Can you solve this problem in a specific classroom?
15: Get in group (3-4 people) to share your problems – see which one is shared across the group. 2 mins per person to share – then 2 minutes to see which one is shared across the group.
Example: Students are worried about grades and not concerned about learning.
25: Choose one problem to tackle today…
Understand the challenge: 1 minute for each question
- Who does it effect?
- Who makes decisions impacting this problem?
- How has it impacted you and your school (stories)?
- What do you and your group have control of, influence over, and no control of…?
- What circumstance might lead to a solution?
Example: The game of school leads students to believe learning is always tied to a grade, and always needs to be something they are “forced” to do by a teacher. Students need to see that they learn all the time. I have control over my classroom (to a point) and a circumstance would be students learning because they excited about the content or possibilities of that topic/project etc.
30: Ideation: Creating and evaluating ideas for solutions.
- What are some opportunities to solve this challenge?
- Who are some people that could help? Can you contact them?
- What can you write, record, create, build and/or promote to solve this challenge?
40: Prototype: Time to turn that idea into reality.
Choose an idea for a solution—
Use your device, hands, or mind to sketch out what this might look like.
50: Get feedback — jigsaw groups for 5 mins (share quickly – 30 second pitch – 30 second feedback)
- What problem are you solving?
- What are you making/creating/building to solve it?
55: Build (make and do something!)
Put the idea into action.
Take three actionable steps to make this a reality.
65: Evolve (something to think about today, tonight, tomorrow, and later this week)
- What are the next steps to solve this challenge?
- What did you do well and can build on?
- What did you do poorly and should scrap?
- What did you learn from mistakes/failures and what did you take away from successes/wins?
70: Whole Group—Reflection
Check those 21C skills off the list…
Check those new skills off the list…
Today we solved one of the biggest problems in education:
Talking about what we should do, instead of taking action.
Sometimes innovation is simpler than we think. Sometimes it’s about taking one action, then building on that with another action.
It’s going to be messy. We are going to make mistakes. But the innovative classroom needs students to experience exactly what you all experience today…a choice, a challenge, and a reason to fail and keep working for a solution together through any means necessary.