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Feedback: Pre-Planning Schedule – community learning

Another question I should have asked in my previous post, Back to school: Pre-Planning Schedule – community learning, is about feedback for learning.  Do we ask our learners (teachers or and students) what they liked, what they wished might be different, and for additional ideas?

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I sent the request for feedback later than I should have sent it.  I didn’t want to send it on Friday, September 16, since it was the first full day of school.  I wish I’d sent it on Monday or Tuesday instead of Friday.

The entire set of feedback is shown below.  As I scanned it, time seemed to be the topic most discussed, along with Happy (1/2) Hour and other meetings.  The balance of task and maintenance seemed to be recognized. I pasted the comments into Wordle.net for visuals. Interesting, don’t you think?

My take-a-way:  We liked how much time we had; we wished for more time; and we wondered if we had too much time.

I wish that there were more voices in the feedback. I appreciated every comment and every face-to-face conversation.  I want to improve in my ability to differentiate. I cannot grow and improve without good feedback.

How do we carry on with our traditions, integrate new and important sessions for faculty, and balance the schedule for our time together before our students arrive? How do we model the feedback that we want to see in our classrooms?  How do we respond to this feedback? How do we continue to put emphasis on building relationships in our community as we learn and work together?

Back to school: Pre-Planning Schedule – community learning

How do we model the learning that we want to see in our classrooms?  Do we put emphasis on building relationships in our community as we learn and work together?  Do we use technology in faculty meetings the way we want teachers to use technology with kids? Do we strike a balance between what we, as an institution, need to learn with what each individual needs and wants to learn? Do we offer choice and voice for our faculty if we want them to offer choice and voice to our young learners?

There are things we have to do to prepare for the return of our students.  We need time to work in our rooms and offices.  We need time to learn together.  We need time to reconnect with each other and begin to build relationships with our new colleagues.  We have to complete CPR, First Aid, OSHA, Concussion Training, and Stewards of Children Training.

Challenged to carry on with our traditions, integrate new and important sessions for faculty, and balance the schedule for our time together before our students arrive, we collaboratively build the following schedule for our community.

We snail-mailed a draft copy in late July with a note that the live, interactive copy would be delivered by email early Monday morning (Aug. 5).  The paper copy of the schedule was not printed in color so the stars in the legend at the bottom of each page were a little perplexing.  (We learn by doing, right?)

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The links embedded in the agenda took faculty to Google docs and Google spreadsheets. (You can explore the interactive agenda; all of these docs are copies of the originals.  I’ve shared some data so that you can see how we crowd source notes.)

I wondered how faculty would react to the schedule and the embedded technology to have choice and voice.  Here are two comments received prior to the launch of Pre-Planning.

Just got the pre-planning schedule and wanted to let you know that I think you did a wonderful job!  I love your careful wording, the pictures, the quotes, and the fact that it will all be interactive! :)  And I know that Greg will energize us!
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Of course you sent this out at 4:17 am! Were you on a run too?
I also wanted to let you know how much I like this new pre-planning format.  The interactive document makes it so easy to access everything in one place, and I love that some of our days are flexible in terms of when trainings are available. Thanks for working so hard on this.  I’m looking forward to seeing you back at school!

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In our faculty survey, faculty requested more time together as a whole school.  Happy (1/2) Hour was scheduled every afternoon to bring us together as a community.  (Note: Marsha Harris (@marshamac74) coined the phrase Happy (1/2) Hour at MVPS during  //fuse.) The awesome Ginny Perkinson (@Gperkinson) exercised her creativity to plan to have Honeysuckle Gelato, King of Pops, CrackerJacks, fruit kabobs, and popcorn as we celebrated with each other.

To model offering voice and choice, faculty are asked to backchannel in the provided Google docs, and faculty are asked to schedule themselves for the must-do trainings.

How do we model the learning that we want to see in our classrooms?  Do we put emphasis on building relationships in our community as we learn and work together?

Keeping my fingers crossed!