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Thoughts for March 7th Presentation to Faculty

THEME: Modeling Effective Collaboration with our Teaching Colleagues

Working together, we develop stronger ideas to serve students more effectively.

1. Intro: (10 minutes)
        a) Shirky TEDTalk- edited
        b) Why collaborate? (aka the sales pitch)
2. Roundtable Topics: (20 minutes) (Group leaders record comments here.)
        a) Comments and reactions to Shirky video (optional)
        b) Examples of ways we collaborate effectively at Parish
        c) Potential ways that we could collaborate more effectively at Parish
        d) Potential obstacles to collaboration at Parish
3. Tools:
        a) Twitter for Collaboration (DO - 5 minutes)
        b) Blogging to Collaborate (AC - 5 minutes) BLOG: “Teachers Collaborative” 
4. Conclusion: Godin - "More vs Better"...  (5 minutes)

Links for presentation to faculty:

Blog post: Dave O. on "Developing a PLN with Twitter"

Blog post: Seth Godin on "More vs Better"

TED Talk: Clay Shirky on "Communal vs Civic Collaboration"
Blog post: Will Richardson on "Teachers as Expert Learners"

Additional suggestions:
Sharing: The Moral Imperative K12 Online Conference Keynote by Dean Shareski
This keynote looks at the new obligation of sharing for educators. With stories from the a variety of sources, the fact that we now have the ability to teach and share beyond our classrooms is moving from “nice to do” to “necessary to do”. See if you agree.

1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3b, 3d, 4c, 4d  

Collaborate with Others 
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams. 
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal. 
  • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member. 
Work Creatively with Others 
  • Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively. 
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work. 
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas. 
  • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes. 
Trilling, Bernie. "The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Home." The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2010. <http://www.p21.org/>.

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