The Power Of Pull Presented by Andie Smith Bilingual/ESL Pre-K Teacher Curriculum & Instruction RepresentativeWoodson Early Childhood Centers December 2, 2012
Reflection TimeAsk yourself these two questions?1. What interests you?2. What are you passionate about?(our students, teaching & learning, technology, music & movement)Now think about what stress & challenges you are currently facing in theclassroom? How can we turn these into success?“The power of pull provides a key to how all of us – individually and collectively –can turn challenge and stress into OPPORTUNITY and REWARD as technologyremakes our lives” (Hagel, Brown & Davison, 2010)
Elements of a Successful Journey toward Pull; a difficult yet exciting journeyTrajectory – (where are we headed)• Newly adopted Frog Street Curriculum• New Frog Street Assessment Program• Conscious Discipline Approach to target social emotional skills & behavior• Technology Integration (Mobi, Ipads, Image Projectors, student desktop computers, screen projectors)Leverage - (mobilize those passions and efforts)• How do we plan to support and organize activities and ideas within our organization?• Shapers (capability, building relationships, keeping track of progress & success, financial resources)Pace - (it’s going to take time to get there)• What is our focus on? (kindergarten readiness, social-emotional skills)
AccessWe feel a sense of urgency to work together as a school family for the benefit of our students.Connect with teachers• use each other as valuable resources• we all have a wealth of information and knowledge in different areas • classroom management, behavior strategies, transitions, art & creativity, technology savvy peers, social-emotional specialists etc.Connect with support staff• Disabilities coordinator - wealth of information on sensory processing• Education coordinator – technology specialist, differentiating instruction.Pull-based services more specialized in content domains:• Language & literacy, phonological awareness, mathematics domain, and fine motor skills,
GOAL The goal of our organization in workingtowards the power of pull is to “provide people with the tools and resources (including connections to other people)required for them to take initiative andcreatively address opportunities as they arise. (Hagel, Brown & Davison, 2010 p. 80)
AttractPeople often become connected precisely because, as they pursue their passions they find themselves reaching out to anyone and everyone who might share their passion. Passion leads to pursuit, which creates connections. (Hagel, Brown & Davison, 2010 p. 90) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibYnJoYwCXI The video link above is an example of how one idea has to be be connected (with others ideas, concepts, resources) in order to product the final product of demand. An organization needs two elements in order to achieve attraction: 1. People who can reach out and connect to large groups (Often known as amplifiers) 2. People who can increase the number of encounters we have (serendipity) so that the relationships we build with the large groups are meaningful and purposeful in our overall goal as an early childhood center.
AchieveShaping from the outside in …Targeting the increase in student behavior: (a bottom-up approach)Arenas & Issues: Early Childhood Education, getting students “kindergarten ready”Reshaping the Arena: targeting social-emotional skills, building positive relationships with students as well as parents by implementing Conscious Discipline approach at school and building those skills at home.Current Efforts Underway: weekly PATT mats (Parents are Teachers Too) which include songs, mathematic and literacy activities parents can do at home to help their child succeed in school. Conscious Discipline strategies which target skills such as anger management, tantrums, identifying emotions, and breathing strategies.Developing Platforms: ongoing parent communication & relationship building for bus kids who arrive to school later and leave school earlier. Notes home, positive phone calls.
GOAL“As individuals begin making their passions their professions, they will exert enormous pressure on institutions to help them more effectively achieve their potential” (Hagel, Brown & Davison, 2010 p. 24) Woodson Early Childhood will provide • staff development opportunities • college courses • mentorship program • Discussion forums • Instructional videos • Samples of teaching materials/methods in “shared folders”
Important points to remember about the Power of Pull• It’s not just about making Woodson ECC better, it’s about unlocking your potential as a teacher, marking your contribution to this organization, working with others to achieve great results for the benefit of our students AND for personal satisfaction in pursing your passion in life.• Maintain an open mind to new ideas, be willing to think outside the box. You never know what idea will spark from it. (Hence, disruptive innovation)• By working together, you’ll be shaping the world of Early Childhood, more importantly positively impacting our Title I students.• Use your imagination, don’t be afraid to explore and discover who you are are a teacher and a member
ResourcesHagel, J., Brown, J., & Davison, L. (2010). The power of pull; how small moves smartly made can set big things in motion. New York, NY: Basic Books.Abilene independent school district. (2012, October 8). Comprehensive needs assessment . Retrieved from https://app.abileneisd.org/dipcip/ViewPlan.aspx?SchoolYear=2012-13&TAKSCurrentSchoolYear=2012- 2013&CommitteeID=225Selvaahsg. (2008, April 16). Worlds costliest ad, amazing team work [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibYnJoYwCXI
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