CHANGEd: What if... 60-60-60

In March-May 2012, I challenged myself to write 60 posts, in 60 days, in 60 words or less. Not only was it great PL, it might launch others.

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What if we teachers shared more publicly? (#1) [Thanks to Teachers Guild for making this more possible than in 2012]

What if faculty meetings were more like fashion shows? (#2)

What if [more] national organizations created conferences like the classrooms for which many advocate? (#4)

What if we valued teacher teams as much as sports and music teams? (#5)

What if we audited our purposes for using grades? (#21)

These are just five titles of the 62 posts that I published from March 7, 2012 - May 7, 2012. Based on some things happening in my professional life at the time, I challenged myself to write 60 posts, in 60 days straight, in 60 words or less (I often failed on that last criteria!). I set my blog to auto-publish at 6:00 a.m. for 60 straight days, so that I would feel the positive pressure of the deadline. One of my colleagues at another school decided to join me, and she wrote a mirror post every evening in reflection of the post I published that day. 

The theme of the series is simply 60+ "What If" questions that challenged my thinking, and the thinking of others, about some things that happen in education and schooling. Not only was the exercise itself incredible professional learning for me (and my mirror, Megan Howard Nellan), but the series of provocations themselves could serve as spurs and prompts for others imagining different and better forms of professional learning. 

So, in this Discovery phase, I offer the CHANGEd: What if...60-60-60 category of posts on my blog as mental fodder for folks here, much smarter than I alone, who may build on an idea in the series or launch something far better!

(By the way, 60-60-60 are the angle measurements in an equilateral triangle - the international symbol for CHANGE!)


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Love this idea, Bo; thanks for sharing it! I'm looking forward to digging into the ideas you've created!

You also got me thinking about Twitter bots and some ideas from an electronic literature course on edX. What if we collected various questions of this sort in a Google Spreadsheet that a Twitter bot shares out once a day or week? How might we make use of a Twitter bot to keep us thinking and engaged by sharing our own ideas back to it? Or is this just silly? Going to experiment a bit and will report back soon....

Update: check out the bot below. It's set to mix from spreadsheet columns randomly once each hour but could be easily populated with more meaningful content. Perhaps it could be used in the ways you described to spur further discussion!

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