Reviewing my tweets, I realize that the actual theme was closer to "Making Good Choices and Guiding Change". What follows are a collection of my tweets which I think will sum up the most important takeaways.
Understanding choices. Sheena Iygenar's keynote The Art of Choosing was a wonderful guide to rethinking the way we guide and manage others.
- Relationship between leadership and choice - as leaders we are defined by our choices.
- Effective leaders don't just empower themselves with choice, but others around them as well.
- No choice or too many choices - workers felt leaders were either dictators or incompetent.
- Choose with wisdom and compassion towards others and you are on your way to mastering the art of choosing.
- Left learners with a problem with no pedagogy - the children developed the pedagogy.
- When teachers can be replaced by a machine, something needs to change. When learners have interest, they learn.
- We say change is hard, but we accept change willingly in so many instances. There are times we embrace it.
- The emotional part of our brains is like an elephant, with the rational part the small rider at the top. Who wins?
- Analyzing problems comes naturally, analyzing successes does not. Successes can point the direction for successful change.
- Find the "bright spots" in your school. Why are the best teachers, best students the way they are? Study your bright spots.
- What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity. - Ambiguity is the enemy of change.
- People have the wrong model of change. We think it's: analyze, think, change. But it's: See something, feel something, change. (His example was the Embrace Life: Always Wear Your Seatbelt video.)
- By shaping the path the change becomes easier - when the situation changes, people change.
- If you want change, failure is part of the deal. Struggle en route is inevitable.
- No more damning evidence of the education in this country than the quality the public demands from the media.
- Democracy - if a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it never was and never will be. (Thomas Jefferson)
- We measure by one standard - are our children able to compete in the global economy? Values have diminished. Liz Coleman
- We have professionalized Liberal Arts to the point that they don't provide heightened civic behavior, which was their hallmark.
- The values and voices of democracy are silenced with devastating consequences.
- We only have ourselves to blame when we hand over responsibility to someone else. You have a choice.
- You get no credit for moderation if you are just applauding the status quo. Go for the gold.
- Conforming in the name of accountability we focus on left brain skills and we lose creativity.
- The Future is Open - Content, Socialization, Credit/Assessment are the three buckets.
- PLNs - YouTube - we help each other learn- spontaneous learning in the wild. Schools should jump on it!
- Linkedin career explorer - Data-driven career planning- find out what others in your position have done
- Learning from online tutorials offer more options - repeat, review, move ahead, struggle with the concept. No one is watching you.
- Flipped the teaching with tutorials: Technology humanized the classroom - kids are teaching each other and teacher gets to mentor.
- Khan's vision is by seeing how students do on site, it can increase student - to- valuable time with the teacher ratio.
- Self-paced learning - who are the fast or slow students? Maybe the fast ones were just assessed at the right time.
- Disruptive technologies used well can actually humanize the classroom.