Captivate & Challenge: My Goals for 2018-2019

Before I start about me, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished with Design and STEAM at ISB in the past few years. And I’m excited to see what the future holds – as the team grows, as we move into a purpose built space, and as we continue to refine and develop our curricular program.  Our ultimate goal is that all students at ISB get a range of design thinking opportunities and develop technical skills that will help prepare them for future careers, projects and life to make a positive impact on their communities and the environment.

But, this post is about MY annual goals this year…

I’m keen to be a part of this pilot for teacher reflection and growth.  While goals are personal, I think it’s great to see what other colleagues are doing and how we can connect what we are doing and work together towards common goals.  For this pilot, teachers will be using Tripod’s 7Cs Framework for Effective Teachers.  Since this didn’t fit perfectly with our roles, the EdTech team has revised this framework to better suit our needs:  7Cs for Coaches

My two main goals this year are connected to CAPTIVATE & CULTURE.

CAPTIVATE: Coaches who captivate spark and maintain learner interest in learning. They stimulate and engage learners by cultivating curiosity and inquiry and by making lessons interesting, relevant, and enjoyable.

My goal: I want to improve my presentation skills both in workshop and presentation format.

The WHY: I present a lot with my role.  I like sharing.  I get just as much from presenting as I do from being a participant (sometimes even more!). BUT, I get very nervous when I present.  I talk too fast.  I lose my place.  My message and passion gets lost in the delivery. I love being inspired by a presenter, a keynote speaker, a teacher and I want to get better at this.  Specifically, I need to work on presenting where there is “no feedback from the audience” – a big presentation on a stage and the first 10-20 minutes of a workshop.

How I will measure this goal: I will get feedback from trusted colleagues and participants after presentations.  I will use video to analyze different presentations this year.

How I will achieve this goal:

  1. Participate in Kendall Zoller’s Presentation Professional Development (Sept 2018 at International School Beijing)
  2. Work on one skill per month to increase “muscle memory” for these competencies of Choreography of Presenting
  3. I will use the Choreography of Presenting book as supporting materials
  4. I will use video from some of my presentations to analyze my presentations and receive feedback from others

CHALLENGE: Coaches who challenge learners insist that they persevere and do their best work. They hold learners to high academic standards, encourage persistence, and monitor learner effort.

My goal: I want to improve the feedback protocols we use in our classes and activities – through Integration, Enrichment classes, and Ignite Weeks.

The WHY: Sometimes I feel like the feedback protocols I use are repetitive and don’t always get good quality responses from students. Carving out enough time to adequately reflect and give/receive feedback has been an area I feel like that I can continue to improve on.  Also, I want to impact the culture of our students, especially as they enter more “high stakes” high school courses they want to know how do I get highest marks rather than critically looking at their own work and also collaborating with their classmates to help everyone improve.

How I will measure this goal: I will have a resource to share with all teachers with different feedback strategies we can use as a whole school for design thinking and quality reflection practices.

How I will achieve this goal:

  1. Collect feedback protocols and strategies from my colleagues & extended PLN about their existing feedback practices
  2. Meet with the EdTech/STEAM Team to evaluate feedback protocols and strategies create a common language for feedback practices
  3. Curate feedback protocols and strategies for self/peer reflection, conferencing, formative feedback and assessment
  4. Design appropriate graphics for high impact visuals for teaching and learning
  5. Share feedback protocols with ISB community, Design network and beyond

All images in this post are from The Noun Project

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Year 2 @ISB: Onward and Upward

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This year, as an EdTech Team, we have created the following goals:

  1. Articulate, communicate, and facilitate the implementation – with ongoing reflection? –  of a PK-12 Digital Citizenship program/curriculum to all ISB stakeholders (students, teachers & counselors, admin, parents). 
  2. Model and support a culture of openness and sharing through collaborative practices, public reflection, and celebration. 
    1. #learnISB more than just celebratory e.g. feedback, advice, process, reflective goals, professional learning etc.
    2. Commitment to reflective professional learning through blogging. Showcase professional reflective practice. Develop an active blogging culture.
    3. Facilitate personalised learning through the development of authentic tasks. Engage co-teaching and planning, tech integration etc.
  3. Work with teachers and admin to develop criteria and frameworks that foster continual and sustainable optimization and refinement of our student learning systems, resources, and tools. 

And from these team goals, I have identified my own professional goals for the year.  I have focused on Goal #2.  Here are my three goals that will help support our team.

2. I will model and support a culture of openness and sharing through collaborative practices, public reflection and celebration.

a. I have been using #learnISB on Twitter to share out projects as I work on them with teachers primarily the past year.  This year, I’d like to try to share out more “works in progress” and try to make my twitter communication more interactive rather than just celebratory.  I don’t seek feedback and interaction as much as I used to and often just “like” or retweet rather than extend, so this is an area that I will work on this year.  My plan:

  • I will try to tweet something once a week that is more than just celebrating student work.
  • I will also seek other twitter accounts and educators’ social media as inspiration/models to help me think about how I want to share my passion about design thinking and STEAM in Education.

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b. I will blog more to continue to make connections with other educators, be a model for other educators and to deepen my own reflection, as I feel it is definitely enhanced by the act of writing it down, editing, revising and getting feedback.

I love to blog.  In my blogging hayday, I was managing, writing, sharing through three blogs at the same time and I loved it.  However, that has dropped off the past few years. Being new at ISB last year, I found it hard to find the time to blog. This year, I am going to make more of an effort.  I think having other bloggers on the EdTeach team and giving myself a specific blog goal (to post at least one reflective blog a month) will help me stay on track.  The great part about all this, is the vulnerability of it and I know my own thoughts and practice will grow from sharing my own teaching and learning.

c. I will facilitate personalised learning.

This is HUGE, but something I feel really passionate about and am very excited about in my role as a Design Technology Facilitator.  I want our students at ISB to go beyond scoring well on their IB Exams and walking away with an exceptional GPA as many of them do.  I want to better prepare them for being a creator and creative problem-solver no matter what area they plan to study or be a professional in.

Here are my measurable indicators of success:

  • Integrate & Co-Teach Design Process in authentic ways
    • I started this last year, but I want to work in more areas and break out of the Science/Engineering classes more this year
    • I also want to make more of an impact in high school
  • Build the Passion Project course to be more visible and increase enrollment/excitement around this course
  • Increase student opportunities to personalize their learning with high quality enrichments and ASAs that develop skills and use design thinking as a process.
    • ES – MS – HS After School Opportunities
    • MS Enrichments
    • HS ELO (Experiential Learning Opportunities)
    • More in-school studio-like experiences like OneDay or something like NuVu