Sharing out about Collaboration and Facilitation
We’ve had some great examples of collaboration and facilitation in the classroom and with colleagues through the Week 2 blog posts. A few to highlight…
Justin shares several examples of how he and his Studio 4 team collaborate in planning and delivery on their PYP “Who We Are” unit in his post “Creativity in Collaboration”. Justin summarizes, “Workshops and cross-collaboration are key ingredients to what makes our community a Studio.”
In “Building Community through Collaboration!”, Megan shares how and why she used specific protocols and processes in an advisory lesson on child safeguarding and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) keeping accessibility and participation for EAL students in mind.
Michael shows us how the ideas of collaboration can be introduced to our young learners through activities and learning experiences around interacting with others and expectations in school as a basis for collaboration. Check out a kindergarten perspective in his blog post “Facilitating Collaboration”.
“Delivering information and communicating ideas is an art.”
When I started COETAIL years ago, my use of digital presentations in class was increasing but I found that I was basically transferring worksheets to the screen. Once I learned more about “Presentation Zen” the shift in my use of digital presentations was transformed. To this day, I’m very conscious about what I’m projecting keeping in mind the audience and purpose. I’m more critical of how I present depending on the context. A great piece of advice I was given was that if I could just print out the presentation and give it to my audience (adults or students), what was the point of presenting it. I now often cringe at workshops or staff meetings where the presentation is basically read to us.
There are lots of great resources for this week on creating engaging and effective presentations and visual aids that I think you’ll find useful for some self-assessment and reflection. And as many of you have shared, you might already be doing these things already but it’s nice to have a checklist to find areas of improvement or exploration. I’m a big fan of Jennifer Gonzalez and her Cult of Pedagogy blog (with podcasts, articles, and resources) and she shares how learning from Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen guidelines helped her transform a presentation.
We look forward to you sharing what you’ve learned and how you’ve applied it to your own visual aids to communicate ideas and information.