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Hisd 29 Jan 10 Part I

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Presentation: Futurizing Your Teaching Practice delivered to Houston Independent School District by University of Houston Futures Program.

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Hisd 29 Jan 10 Part I

  1. 1. Futurizing Your Teaching Practice A Partnership between Houston Independent School District & Texas Association of Gifted & Talented & University of Houston A TAGT 6-hour Update
  2. 2. Metaphors for the Future
  3. 3. Metaphors for the Future Instruction 1 : Review the 4 metaphors. Determine which metaphor best describes your view of the future.
  4. 4. Metaphors for the Future Instruction 1 : Review the 4 metaphors. Determine which metaphor best describes your view of the future. Instruction 2 : Own the assigned “metaphor” as the truth. Discuss how you would approach solving the ISSUE. Identify at least one (1) positive and (1) negative aspect of holding this view of the future.
  5. 5. CONCLUSIONS about Metaphors for the Future <ul><li>Frame our View of the Future </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Malleability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open / Closed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Degree of Control </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Metaphors for the Future Frame our View of the Future PRESENT
  7. 7. Metaphors for the Future Frame our View of the Future PRESENT Influences Outcomes in the Future
  8. 8. A Reflection Moment … How might I use the metaphors activity or these concepts in my class?
  9. 9. Bridging history & futures Change Present Change Present Change Present Posit the Role of History 1. understand and give context to the CHANGES in our world 2. create a bridge of explanation between the Past & the Present
  10. 10. Bridging history & futures Change Future Change Future Change Future Posit the Role of Futures 1. understand and give context to the CHANGES in our world 2. create a bridge of explanation between the Present & the Future
  11. 11. Making the Connection Change Future Change Future Change Future If history is the bridge between the Past and the Present and if the future is the bridge between the Present and the Future , then the PRESENT is the pivotal context in which we must understand the CHANGES in our world.
  12. 12. A Reflection Moment … &quot;Change favors the prepared mind.&quot; Louis Pasteur But what does “change” look like? Would I know it if I saw it?
  13. 13. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes A SOURCE of CHANGE
  14. 14. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes A SOURCE of CHANGE
  15. 15. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes The SOURCE <ul><ul><ul><li>The future is always the result of some combination of both… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… the world pressing in and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… the individual pushing back. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes The LEVELS of CHANGE
  17. 17. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes The HORIZON of CHANGE TACTICAL OPERATIONAL STRATEGIC
  18. 18. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes The PATTERNS of CHANGE over time linear exponential S-curve bell-curve threshold (jump) Growth Decline
  19. 19. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes The EXPERIENCE of CHANGE continuous, incremental, expected
  20. 20. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes The EXPERIENCE of CHANGE discontinuous, disruptive, unexpected
  21. 21. THE LANGUAGE of Change: the crib notes The SPEED of CHANGE [World Record Figure Skating Spin]
  22. 22. A Reflection Moment … &quot;Change favors the prepared mind.&quot; Louis Pasteur OK, so I know how to describe “change.” Would you confuse me with some examples?
  23. 23. Looking for Change? Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future
  24. 24. Source of Change for creating the future 1. Images of the Future: symbols, stories, metaphors The Running Man (1987): Reality Game Shows 2001: Space Odyssey (1968): Space Tourism, Videophones Gattaca (1997): Genetic Profiling
  25. 25. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future 1. Images of the Future: symbols, stories, metaphors Brief Discussion : What images of the future are conveyed by children’s comics, books, games, media, by advertisers, by popular films? Your Examples?
  26. 26. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future 1. Images of the Future: symbols, stories, metaphors Brief Discussion : What images of the future are conveyed by children’s comics, books, games, media, by advertisers, by popular films? “ There is a great deal of historical evidence to suggest that a society which loses its identity with posterity and which loses its positive image of the future loses also its capacity to deal with present problems, and soon falls apart (Boulding, 1966).”
  27. 27. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future 2. Every day decisions & actions prime the future. Your examples of priming the future?
  28. 28. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future 2. Every day decisions and actions prime the future, sometimes with a time delay build in . U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK Your examples time delay examples?
  29. 29. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future 3. Long term trends push through from the past & project direction into the future. Other examples?
  30. 30. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future 4. Cycles as recurring patterns provide indicators of pathways into the future. Other cycle examples?
  31. 31. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future 5. Emerging issues slip slowly from the periphery of society into the mainstream. What rights would a child born as a genetic copy of another have? Source: Microsoft Images . Other “issues” examples?
  32. 32. Source of Change for creating the future Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future <ul><li>The completely unexpected “9/11s” </li></ul>low probability high impact Examples you would see as Wildcards?
  33. 33. Got “Change”? Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future
  34. 34. Making the Connection Change Future Change Future Change Future If history is the bridge between the Past and the Present and if the future is the bridge between the Present and the Future , then the PRESENT is the pivotal context in which we must understand the CHANGES in our world.
  35. 35. Given the “potentiality” in the sources of change, decide: is the future single or multiple? Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future
  36. 36. The Future or Futures? Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future ↔ Change ↔ Future
  37. 37. A Reflection Moment … What value do I see in helping students study the future?

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