Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Teaching Learning Coaching Conference, hosted by Corwin Publishing, here in Indianapolis. Though much of what I gleaned from the conference was directly focused on instructional coaching, there were a number of nuggets from some of the keynote speakers that I felt would be great to share. Though I won’t go into great depth here, I will link to each of the books and resources available throughout the post so you may pursue further anything that interests you.
Bad Work, Good Work, Great Work– One of the keynote speakers was Michael Bungay Stanier, creator of Box of Crayons and author of The Coaching Habit. He was very funny and direct, which I like, and shared this idea that “everything you do forces you into 3 different buckets– bad work, good work, and great work.” So, he asked us to think about the impact we make with the work we do and create a sort of pie chart indicating the proportion of each that we find ourselves in. Here is the breakdown of each “bucket” so that you can do this activity, too.
- Bad work: WOMBAT– Waste of Money, Bandwidth, and Time.
- Good work: Productive, efficient, gets things done– your job description.
- Great work: Makes an impact and has personal meaning.
Now take a second to draw a circle and break it down into the work you do. What do you see? Michael urged us to think about “that thing you want to work on” that gets you excited, fired-up, and raring to go and how the “good work” might be getting in the way. Check out this video about Do More Great Work. Interested? There are a number of videos on YouTube and links to his website and books are included above.
Wayfinding– Keynote speaker Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, began her presentation with the idea of wayfinding– how people find their way and guide themselves to their destinations or their “goals”. How do we help Ss find their way and give them signs or visuals to help them know when they are going off the path? Here is a quick glimpse at a few of her strategies:
- Power of yet– shift from “always” and “can’t” to “not yet.”
- Encourage students to write letters to their younger self– highlighting what they now know but didn’t know then.
- Give them recognition that they already have “grit.”
- Assist students in finding the gift in the obstacle.
- When students hit the brick wall in the “learning pit,” that is productive struggle. We want them to experience that and give them tools to work through it.
- If we use “friendship” to build an “alliance” then students can begin to become leaders of their own learning.They will give teachers permission to push them because of the alliance they have built together.
- Notice and name–offer micro-affirmations. In order to start rewiring the brain to see the positive, you have to be able to hold on to something good that happened for over 90 seconds. Try not to let your brain dwell in its negativity bias.
Want to know more? A quick Google search will give you loads of video, info, and more. Also, Jennifer Gonzalez of Cult of Pedagogy has posted a review of the book and more from Zaretta.
Student Voice– Russ Quaglia is the author of Student Voice: The Instrument of Change and is co-founder of Aspirations Academies Trust. Russ shared a number of statistics based on surveys and research he has completed over many years and has compiled in his School Voice Report. Take a look. Russ has also published Teacher Voice and Principal Voice. Here are a few statements he made–
- People feel heard when they hear their voice through you.
- When students have true voice, they are–
- 7x more likely to learn.
- 4x more likely to feel confident.
- 8x more likely to be engaged in school.
- 9x more likely to have a sense of purpose.
- I challenge you to… spend more time thinking about where your kids are going, not where they come from.
- Students are the potential, not the problem.
- Students want to know the relevance and connection of the content in your class to the other classes they attend throughout the day– not the connection to their lives outside of school.
Did you see anything that sparked your interest? I apologize for this post being a little “link-heavy” and very surface level, but my hope is you will find a little something to look deeper into.