JOT PD For Staff

JOT (Just One Thing) model as way to quickly inspire and infuse information to teachers at their site.

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1/12/16: Full updated version: https://goo.gl/tphL2m

As a technology specialist, it can be challenging to find time to meet or see teachers for more formal trainings and PD, as other content takes priority. The JOT model would be a way to quickly communicate information at a school site during a certain time (before/after school, etc). It can be voluntary for teachers who are interested or in need of understanding more about the chosen topic. This helps eliminate negativity of "having" to go to a session when it may not be of interest or applicable to everyone.

The PD would focus on Just One Thing (JOT) on site. It short and to the point, no more than 20 minutes. This would entail a clear outcome and would be procedural in nature. This is a way to clarify the use of existing devices, used in a district, use of online program or to simply introduce and expose interested teachers to potentially useful tools, with the goal of generating conversation throughout the site and district. This model can be used in any  content area where the topic can fit within the parameters. It can also allow for more flexibility and a higher number of PD sessions.

This model can also be expanded into a larger framework with the creation of a district PD calendar that uses JOT to address a year-long theme chosen by a district.  By doing this, the JOT model can be instilled in a variety of ways throughout the year to support the overarching theme.


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I find this post from George Couros timely with regard to innovative leadership, alignment of calendars and creating space while still addressing the constraints that districts have to deal with.
http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/5923
"One of the things that I think needs to be added to your list is some kind of statement that recognizes that creating new and better while trapped within traditional systems sometimes requires creating space or providing freedom/protection from the demands of the system — which aren’t always supportive of innovation."

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Here is a link to our work so far in the Evolve stage. Feedback welcome.  http://tinyurl.com/zfnlubf

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Hey Christy, 

I mentioned this over on Short and Sweet too -- so if you've seen it already, I apologize for the repetition.  

What I love about this idea is that it respects the fact that learning doesn't JUST happen in regularly scheduled sessions that are led by experts.  Or that learning is dependent on having an expert in the room with you.  

Oftentimes, the best learning that I do is after a session ends -- when my brain is energized by a quick introduction, I am more likely to think through the implications of an idea on my own and to do research that moves my thinking forward.  

So from a PD standpoint, seat time should never be the goal.  Instead, sharing provocative ideas and then turning teachers loose is just as valuable as keeping them in a room for hours and pounding thinking down their throats.  

The key is trying to prove to "the powers that be" that learning happens even after a session ends.

Enjoyed thinking with you this morning, 
Bill Ferriter
@plugusin

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Hi Bill,
Thank you for your reflection.  I agree, half of it is establishing excitement, motivation or discussion. I had the opportunity to try the model out once so far. It  generated discussion, interest and led to other areas of need that teachers in the room were interested in investigating (though that part did not relate to what I showed them).

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Christy,
How would you like to design this model? Do you think it could have some of the elements we are using with Design Thinking?  I bet JOT could start at the the district level and break down. For example... off the top of my head...
District: How Might WE use technology to inspire deeper understanding of .math and science in our classes? (Piece of the Pie= technology PD)
School site: uses the same question  and so does a grade level.
The JOT specific to meeting the goal is addressed at each PD or grade level meeting through the whole year. JOT would inspire ambition for teachers that are ready to move on and not intimidate teachers that are more reluctant to use new technology. Am I way off from where you were going with your idea? 

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Great ideas Ashley Haskins - Christy Novack should we start a google doc to plan out the specifics about how to implement this idea? Are there others you want to invite to the team? 

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Great ideas Ashley Haskins - Christy Novack should we start a google doc to plan out the specifics about how to implement this idea? Are there others you want to invite to the team? 

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Hi Ladies, 
What are your emails? I will set up a folder/doc for us to use. 

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Ashley Haskins Margaret Powers The other option is potentially joining the Short and Sweet Team as that model is similar in nature. There are quite a few members on it. Let me know if you think its better to do this or the idea of doing one that is separate for two different perspectives....could b interesting to be taken into different directions.

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Christy Novack I do think it could be interesting to go in different directions but we only have 6 days left of Ideate so if that's not enough time to create a more robust plan, we could merge the ideas and collaborate with Short & Sweet. 

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Margaret Powers Let's do it through Short and Sweet, as my time is going to be off and on this upcoming week...

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Sounds good! Michael Schurr Can you invite Christy Novack to that doc to collaborate? 

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Christy, I really think you are on to something here. I understand how you use JOT now, but I see it as a way to focus PD on the whole, and further break down each of the parts. 
A PD for a district could focus on JUST ONE THING. The sites focus on JUST ONE THING with in the district's focus, the grade levels focus on JUST ONE THING within the site's focus.  Forgive me if this is not your intention, but I just feel there is an overwhelming variety of PD offered with no connection or focus between any of them. This is why I like the clear purpose of your JOT idea and think it could b built into a model.

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Ashley, 
I like your idea of how to utilize JOT in a different context. At the district level, it might be more challenging as often there are several areas that need to be addressed in any given year, unless you are just thinking the area of Technology. An example could be the "Big New
Program" from the district and then segmented into parts throughout the year. However, the idea of  a grade level across a district or at a site level I think is very feasible! If you or anyone else would like to work on this further, I can create a doc for the next phase! 

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This is brilliant. Less is more!! Just One Thing offers specific and clearly defined PD for those who need it. I like how your idea can connect to my idea I offered with Piece of the Pie. Too often too many kinds of PD are offered and it can be overwhelming. JOT narrows the scope and creates opportunity for the best sequence. 

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Hi Ashley,

Well, one way you could connect possibly your post to JOT is that within one of your sections, it is allotted for JOT. 20% of the pie is allocated to JOT like trainings. JOT could fall under several categories you stated, as JOT is more about how to/procedural. I would not use if for a large topic, however that goes over the 15 minute or so mark. You could break something up into several JOTS as well, however, if you wanted to make it an ongoing conversation or practice.

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Cool idea, Christy! Love how it addresses the issues of relevance, time constraints and applicability so simply and elegantly!

Is this something you've tried at your school? If so, I'd love to know what the feedback has been from people who attended and ran the JOT. 

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Elsa, 

I will be using this model this year, but have not yet. I do have a couple other models I have currently scheduled, which I can post. I can share that the TOSA who shared this idea mentioned that it simply depends on the topic and day. Some days you may get quite a few, some days you may get none or 1. I view it as about knowing your audience's need,  making it convenient/friendly for them, and to (hopefully) establish a consistency through they year so it begins to become part of the culture/mindset.

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Sounds interesting Christy! I would love to hear from some teachers who have participated in JOT and hear what really worked well for them and any ideas for improvement. Do you see this model as also applying to instruction on theories and models of teaching (e.g., SAMR, TPACK, or even design thinking)? 

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Margaret, I think you could use the TPACK or SAMR model through modification. Let's see...
SAMR= Choose identified tool. Have teachers play with it for a few minutes. Have people share what SAMR category it may fall under for them, why and where they may see using this in their own classroom.

TPACK requires more thought....I would want to make a template or matrix to assist, I think.. 1. Choose topic/tool. 2. What type of lesson/concept can it be used for?  What technical knowledge is already known by students (and teacher)? What technical knowledge (if any) is needed?  Does technical knowledge learned tie into STEM/CS/Digital Literacy standards? By integrating this tool, how does it help enhance concepts or project itself? I would find it harder to stick with 15 minutes, but it could be possible, I suppose.

Design Thinking=Hmm. I would imagine you would want to flip this idea a bit. 1. Go in with an established question/need and you were on the ideation phase. 2. Review chosen tool. 3. Brainstorm if this tool could help as a partial or whole solution to the question/need....you would want to know what the DT goal was first and choose a tool that you think might work prior to introduce... Or, a tool that might spur new ideas. If you used this, what else would you need to compliment it? Does it make you hone in on what your needs are better? 
Just brainstorming! :)