What subject(s) do you teach?:
English Language Arts
How many years have you been teaching?:
Originally from the East Coast of Canada, I now reside smack dab in the middle of it. I teach with the goal of opening minds, and awakening learners. I've recently concluded that teaching and being a rock star are essentially the same thing, putting me in the "established audience but not yet out to pasture" phase of my career. I dad, I do art, I geek out and do my best to enjoy it all.
An interest in Design Thinking is what led me to the Teachers Guild. I love this idea, and I've been thinking a lot frequently about working to create the things that we want in our buildings. Even if we're starting with the "How Might We..." stem, it's a place to launch into something new. Moving forward with a project in mind, a problem to solve, something to create is so much stronger an idea than our normal method of discussing and rehashing things, which often doesn't get far, for reasons we all know too well.
I love this idea, and would love to see it happening in my school.
Part of this suggestion comes from the reality that we often work in, where many people feel they need to agree when admin rolls out the buzzword laden thing that they're ascribing to currently. I've watched heads nod in faux agreement, simply because of who was saying what they liked and wanted more of. Without an avenue to speak openly, regardless of whatever eduspeak is being espoused is key to moving forward. Am I anti- buzzword and program. No, but is it the only way? Nope.
I think an important part of this, perhaps in a school, or district version, would be creating some parameters... Perhaps we outline the things we don't need to discuss, or state specifically that this time is for new and different conversations, not rehashing things, or having an extra staff meeting.