Growing the Culture of a Learning Community


Title:
Growing the Culture of a Learning Community
Subject:
all staff
Grade:
any
Time Frame:
1 hour
Summary:
Working in jigsaw teams, each member will take a resource to read, consider and connect to practice, then discuss, summarize and craft a "Top 5" list to share with their team.
Resources center on Professional Learning Communities, Cultures of Innovation, Digital Wisdom and the "Implementation Dip" of change.
Tasks:
Growing the Culture of A Learning Community:
  • Think:
    • Group 1: Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement - Attributes of Professional Learning Communities
      • Read & Consider:
        • What elements of a learning community are already present on our team?
        • Of the attributes outlined in the article, which are our strongest? Which need more of our attention?
        • Why bother...in what way(s) might our consistent attention to these efforts support our individual & collective work?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "Top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the development & success of our learning community
    • Group 2: Creating A Culture of Innovation
      • Read & Consider:
        • In what way(s) might our work this year be considered "innovative"?
        • Of those listed, which innovative behaviors are present on our team? In what way(s)?
        • Of these behaviors, which appear to influence or shape our practice the most? Why?
        • Of those listed, which behavior(s) do you find, or imagine to be most challenging? Why?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "Top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the development & success of our learning community
    • Group 3: Digital Wisdom
      • Read & Consider:
        • How would you describe "digital wisdom"?
        • In what way(s) might "digital wisdom" play a part of our work this year?
        • How might our attitudes influence or shape this opportunity (in support of and as a hindrance to...)?
        • What process changes might we need to make to help us address coverage of content, as described in the article?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "Top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the development & success of "digital wisdom" in our learning community
    • Group 4: Implementation Dip
      • Read & Consider:
        • Have you felt an "implementation dip"? If so, how would you describe it?
        • What might be important to keep in mind as we work through these dips?
        • How could your campus leaders best recognize and support your efforts?
        • What strategies will you employ to work and persevere through the challenges associated with implementing change?
      • Discuss with your group:
        • Individual responses to questions above
        • As a group, craft a "top 5" list of elements you believe are most critical to the ongoing development & success of our efforts?
  • Jigsaw:
    • Gather with a member from each group
    • Share your notes & post in discussion area (click on text bubble at the top of this page)
      • What connections did you draw between your readings?
      • How does this relate to other goals and initiatives at work in your district/school?
      • What is our purpose, Why create this community?
      • Consider Top 5 of each partner. If asked to consider both lists and blend to create a new "Top 3" what would you include?
      • What are the "Yeah, but..." issues we need to overcome?
        • If possible, post in digital environment (Edmodo, Wikispace, Moodle, etc.)
        • Visit the "Yeah, but..." posts of the group above and below yours
        • What strategies can you offer for working through those obstacles?
  • Share: whole team
    • Given your conversation, what might we need to consider as we learn toward our goal(s) of .... (ex: student-owned learning, global connectivity, etc.)?
    • What professional & pedagogical process changes will be important to consider?
    • What do we want or need to avoid to make the most of this opportunity?





Discussion:

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