The wonders of better communication…

This week, I’ve come across two great pieces about better communication.

In the first, Simon Sinek shares how Nike’s Phil Knight puts his company’s WHY into words.

And in the second, Melissa Marshall encourages scientists to talk nerdy to her:

Synergy-PBL: Questions are waypoints on the path of wisdom #CFTSI12 (After 3) Coffee and Dessert: What Will Sweeten Your Teaching After #CFTSI12?

On Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26, Bo Adams and Jill Gough facilitated a ten-hour workshop on PBL at The Center for Teaching Summer Institute (#CFTSI12 on Twitter). With this post (see below the bulleted list), we are hoping to encourage and support the most important part of any conference or institute for professional learning – the “taking-things-back-to-school-to-enhance-learning” part.

Synergy-PBL: Questions are waypoints on the path of wisdom #CFTSI12 (After 3)
Coffee and Dessert: What Will Sweeten Your Teaching After #CFTSI12?
(180 Days of Possibility in 2012-13 – Keeping the Conversation Going)

CHALLENGE: Many believe that this is actually the best part of the meal. The #CFTSI12 for Synergy and PBL is complete, but the fun, decadent portion has just begun. As we all know, peak learning tends toward project-based experiences, and students long remember the sweetness of the projects that they taste and savor. Additionally, Steven Johnson advocates for coffeehouse environments that create the conditions for great conversations and colliding hunches. So…let’s feed our sweet tooth and share in those magical after-diner-coffee conversations. When (not if!) you implement PBL with your student learners, share the plates and cups with the entire table – POST your writing, resources, insights, and struggles regarding your PBL implementations. If you have a blog, please consider cross-posting to Synergy2Learn as a contributing author. If you don’t have a blog of your own, we still invite you to post to our collective-wisdom site for PBL – Synergy2Learn.

  1. When you are ready to share and contribute, email Jill and Bo, and we will set you up as “contributors” to the Synergy2Learn PBL blog.
  2. After you are set up as a contributing author, you can keep on posting about your pursuits and accomplishments with PBL.
  3. Even if you did not physically participate in the #CFTSI12 for Synergy and PBL, this offer still applies!


Coming Soon…

Amazing stories of PBL experiments, implementations, and accomplishments from our #CFTSI12 participants and blog readers (hopefully!)…

[Cross-posted on Experiments in Learning by Doing and Synergy2Learn]

CHANGEd: What if we designed title sequences for our courses and our schools? 60-60-60 #49

I love the art and science of storytelling. I am not the storyteller that I one day will be, but I am committed to practicing. Last night, I wandered onto Jason Kottke’s The art of film and TV title design. His post made me think – What would the title sequence look like for the course that I facilitate…for the school that I lead? How would teachers and administrators design the “film or TV titles” of various school elements? How would we visually tell those stories? Shouldn’t we be thinking about that? Shouldn’t we want title series that invite people in, excite them, and compel them to be part of the story of our learning?

CHANGEd: What if…60-60-60 Project Explained

CHANGEd: What if schools empowered students and teachers to be journalists and marketers? 60-60-60 #18

Some schools empower 100% of their people to be the primary storytellers for what’s happening each day at school. Other schools restrict their people from doing so – only official Communications Departments can media-storytell. Is it “brand management” gone awry? Don’t schools want much, if not all, of their brand to be: “Magic happens here…we’re a community of empathetic experimenters, and we see value in learning by doing and sharing our stories?”

CHANGEd: What if…60-60-60 Project Explained

CHANGEd: What if we really engaged storytelling? 60-60-60 #3

What if…we really engaged storytelling? In A Whole New Mind, Dan Pink declares the invaluable nature of story. Countless experts implore us to develop storytelling’s power in communicating. On Thursday, @epdobbs and I participated in NPR’s StoryCorp. This priceless experience keeps me thinking about how to utilize story more deliberately in our educational designs and transformational efforts to enhance school.

CHANGEd: What if…60-60-60 Project Explained