LEADING LIFELONG LEARNERS A TLC Study of Strategies for Facilitating and Leading Adult Learners March 10, 2008

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  • LEADINGLIFELONG LEARNERSA TLC Study of Strategies for Facilitating and Leading Adult Learners March 10, 2008

  • The whole is never the sum of the parts it is greater or lesser, depending on how well the individuals work together. Chuck Noll

  • PURPOSE

    To provide resources,support, and experiences that build facilitation skillsand increase confidence forteachers to lead meetings, present workshops, and/orfacilitate TLC activities.

  • FEEDBACK FROM ORIENTATION 28 ResponsesVALUEAverage: 4.6 Range: 1X3, 8x4, 19X5FOUND USEFUL Watch peers model facilitation Sharing & discussion of agendas, strategies, and challenges Time for reflectionIMPROVEMENTS More time Opportunities to debrief reading Caffeine, please! Separate groups more to lessen distractionAPPLICATIONS Plan to use facilitator agenda template Focus on Use strategies in department meetings

  • TODAYS OUTCOMESInsights gained from reflection and dialogue

    Working knowledge of content in Chapters 4 & 5

    Strengthened sense of community

    Renewed commitment & enthusiasm!

  • TODAYS AGENDAWelcome & OverviewM&Ms Melt in Your Mouth Mini-PresentationsColleen & LeannLisa & HaideDebbie, Jean & TobiahReflections & EvaluationHomework & Closing Thoughts

  • NORMS for Our LearningListen to understand.Speak openly and honestly.Learn by doing: apply to your own work.Pay attention to your feathers.Postpone distractions.

  • They melt in Your Mouth, but . . . How might facilitation knowledge and skills be useful in the classroom?

    Why is it important to build community with teams? What activities might you use?

    What have you read recently that you would recommend for personal or professional reading?

    How can facilitators diagnose a groups level of energy?

    What are some processing activities that can either raise or lower a groups energy?

    How do teams (communities) effectively deal with conflict?

  • Professional Book StudyChapter 4: Connecting All Members of the TeamChapter 5: Reaching Peak Performance

  • Professional Book Study Process: 30-minute mini-presentations Facilitated in teams of two or three Interactive (1/3 gum, 2/3 chew) Feedback from colleagues

  • Go for the Gusto!Building Interdependent TeamsPresented by:Tobiah Duran, Debbie Teudt, and Jean Young

  • Know-It-All BallGet Ready:*get up to 3 balls of different colorsGet Set:*group stands or sits in a circle*select one prompt per ball being used (i.e. name, hometown, place of work, etc.)Go:*Toss the ball back and forth about the circle and answer the corresponding prompt*Play continues until everyone has had a turn

  • AgendaOpeningKnow-It-All BallIntroductions Introduce presentershighlight./review agendaReview normsActivities for Team BuildingToxic Waste Transfer (physical)Rising Tower (mental)Jelly Bean Questions (mental)DebriefSmall groupWhole group

  • NormsShare experiences to enrich othersListen through the filter of a questionPay attention to your feathersLearn by doing apply to your own workPostpone distractionsIf your cell phone rings, you must dance for us!

  • Toxic Waste TransferA Physical Team Building Activity(page 77)Get Ready:* 5 gallon bucket with 15-20 holes randomly drilled into the sides* 3-5 foot lengths of rope (1 per hole)* container to dump the waste into* tennis balls, golf balls, or packing peanutsGet Set:* set your prepared toxic waste bucket 50-60 feet from the other container*explain rules*break group into teams if a large group prepare enough materials for several small groupsGo:* Start! Team(s) work to transfer toxic waste from bucket to container* debrief / discuss

  • Rising TowerA Mental Team Building Activity(see page 82-83)Get Ready:Each team will need a box of 500 toothpicks, a bag of mini marshmallows, and a sturdy building surfaceGet Set:Set a time limitEach group will build a rising tower which must stand on its own for at least 15 seconds before it is measuredGo:Build!The highest tower at the end of the time limit winsDebrief

  • Jelly Bean QuestionsA Mental Team Building Activity(page 83-84)Get Ready:Get enough jelly beans so that each person has 2 or 3 colorsAssign 1 topical question to each colorGet Set:Break into small groupsPass out bag of jelly beansGo:Each person takes a turn at picking out a jelly beans and answering the corresponding question

  • Interdependent Teams(see page 72)A sense of belonging to a group while keeping a members own identityAn appreciation for the unique talents and ideas brought to the table by each memberThe understanding of the importance of group norms and operating proceduresThe ability to engage in dialogue that expands the members understanding of others and their ideas rather than engaging in debates and discussionThe feeling that everyone's ideas in a group have merit for considerationThe use of consensus procedures in decision makingThe ability to support each other as the group is going through chaos

  • Small Group DebriefAs a group, come up with 3 ways that the activity helps develop an interdependent team.Select one person to share your teams ideas with the larger group

  • Whole Group DebriefEach small group selects one of the 3 ways that their activity helps build interdependent teams to share with the whole group (may share more if time permits)Discuss one new understanding that you have as a result of the activitiesFeedback/evaluation form

  • * Care more than others think is wise* Risk more than others think is safe* Dream more than others think is practical* Expect more than others think is possible.Excellence can be attained if you . . .

  • Professional Book Study Process: 30-minute mini-presentations Facilitated in teams of two or three Interactive (1/3 gum, 2/3 chew) Feedback from colleagues

  • Anyone too busy to reflect on ones practice is also too busy to improve.

    Robert GarmstonAnyone too busy to reflect on ones practice is also too busy to improve.

    Robert Garmston

  • With an Eye ContactPartnerWhat are you taking away from todays session?What are your next steps?

  • Till we meet again Read chapters 6 & 7Complete one of the planning templates: Information Planning or Thinking and Process PlanningPractice your facilitation skills!

  • We must become the change we wish to see in the world.Gandhi

    Thank you!Youll have 5 minutes to move from here to your small group session. Once youre in the room the facilitator for that group will tell you what the activities will be for the next hour and a half. At 3:45 wed like everyone to come back into this room for final wrap up and to evaluate the day.

    Room assignments on next slide.