Then, Steve asked several questions on how we change student behavior? He mentioned Dan Pink's work, "Drive" [twitter summary: "Carrots & Sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st Century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose." (Pink/203)]. So, here comes technology in my room. Drive talks about autonomy, mastery and purpose. Let's take a look at each idea:
1. Automony: Mike and I have been creating autonomy assignments together over skype and google docs. These are self paced and core content standards based. Check one out! We are encouraging kids to many of the ideas above in class daily.
2. Mastery: These tasks are self paced, with kids having time to become experts on topics that would not be addressed in a normal class. A quote Mike and I like to use when we talk about autonomy, mastery and purpose:
"...multimedia technologies, which use text, audio, video, graphics and animation to communicate information, offer today's teachers a mechanism to move from a 'linear' learning environment to a 'nonlinear' environment - one which offers users interactivity, control of progress, and choice in their construction of knowledge."
-Cuper and Lambert cited in Hanover Research Council Maintaining Competitiveness in the 21st Century, 2010
3. Purpose: Teaching other kids around the world, youtubes with 26,000 views in a year? I will let the book speak for itself. http://dgh.wikispaces.com/ see the images below....
1. Everyone working in the school should be observed once a week and receive feedback.
2. The most skilled and professional educators should be coached the most.
We talked about the instructional coaching levels: Evaluation (outside criteria), Supervision, Mentoring, Peer Coaching (teacher's choice). In our PLC at the middle school, we have been working on Peer Coaching. The point here is to create learning communities to share best practices, ask questions, and find new ways to do things. I have gotten a great amount of help from the 6th and 8th grade teachers...just having chats with me that shed light on how to do things better. However, this is not required and opens the door for real meaningful conversations.
I could not leave this topic without mentioning Mike. Mike and I peer coach each other almost everyday. We talk, reflect, build, argue and learn together. Without Mike, I do not know if I could do everything we write about. We need each other to pull this stuff off and to have a "tribe" (Sir Ken reference: "The Element"), someone to share our frustrations and our learning dips with who will help push us to greater heights. We make each other better teachers.