I spend many of my days helping teachers. Most of the time we are focused on educational technology. Today we took a risk and tried an experiment.
This was session seven of seven, we will not meet again until next year. I'm pretty confident that the group does not need any new ideas, they have been idead to death. we give them ideas, the buildings and teams give them ideas, they read about ideas online. Idea overload.
We built a session that mirrored the 20% time/genius hour idea. They had time to figure out what to work on, shared that idea verbally and then they got to work.
Sometimes I struggle with figuring out when to help and when to let the struggle happen.
The picture above is a great example of learning to back off and let ideas flow. One teacher is helping the other with creating a pretty great project using Google Sites. While I could jump in I think I would kill the conversation and flow of ideas.
I know I struggled with this in the classroom. I heard someone say that the kids should do most of the talking, they are the ones who should go home exhausted. That is sometimes hard to do because if I am not talking am I doing my job?
The secondary pain is time. While many PD opportunities just load content and ideas they don't leave time to think and create. Finding that balance, thinking/creation time, is very difficult. When is it too much or not enough?