Admiring the View

Sep 4, 2012 by     4 Comments    Posted under: Collaborate

Things seem to have been travelling at a million miles an hour of late. Like the start of every year there is so much going on it seems like you are constantly trying to catch up. The increased activity on this blog is my way to get some head space and take a time out. I am finding that I really need these moments to step back and think about the things that have been going on.

This idea of stepping back is something that the tech department is going to actively pursue this year. It never ceases to amaze me the number of things going on the tech office at once – student laptop repairs, new program requests, recording tv shows, log in issues, student information systems, teaching help, new students, and that is just as I am writing now.

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Mark Wheadon

In the next few weeks the IT department is going to step out for a day and take a look at where we are at and think about where we want to head – we are having a “retreat”. We have talked about doing this a number of times before but have never got the idea out of the planning stage. We have drawn up a skeleton of how this day will look. So here are the elements:

  • We will be off site during the day
  • Members of the administrative team will be invited to attend certain sessions
  • Specific goal – further refine our model of curriculum integration and instructional coaching
  • Hope – by the end of the day we will have a plan which will enable us to further support student learning and teacher development

What do you think? Any elements missing? We are planning to have a few conference calls with fellow educators to ensure we are aware of current best educational practice and will be sharing our work as we do it.

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  • That is awesome that you have managed to get some time with the whole department. Time is the most important aspect of any long term planning that is about to be done.
    I guess the most important aspect of that day is that the time is utilised effectively. As you said there are an incredible amount of “things” going on at anyone time in all departments. It is very easy on these days to get caught up on one idea and several important issues get left on the to-do-pile. A very clear and time driven agenda for the day is important and keep an eye on the big picture “what is it that you want to achieve?”
    It is probably helpful to have a clear idea pinned up in the room of what you do now.
    Of course quality food and drinks during the day are of utmost importance.
    I look forward to hearing the results.

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