He challenged us to go back to school, to change, and to do something different.
I returned to school energized and excited to try out some of the new ideas and the learning that I experienced at the conference. I was inspired by Paula Guinto’s (@paulaguinto) Learning2 talk about storytelling and her use of Haiku Deck to support her presentation. I loved listening to her talk, the visuals she used, and the encouragement she gave when she said, “Don’t think you don’t have a story to tell. Everyone has one!”. After her presentation, I thought about what story I could tell and how I could tell it. I kept this idea in the back of my head during the conference and then on the way home, I realized my opportunity. Our Year 6 classes are in the midst of the PYP Exhibition and to kick it off, they spent four days learning and engaging with their central idea in a conference style. The Year 6 team asked me to give a talk on multilingualism and the brain (as a mom to a bilingual child and an EAL teacher, I am passionate about promoting multilingualism).
So, my moon shot this week was to develop a presentation for my Year 6’s using Haiku Deck and framing it around telling a story. It took me a week to prepare the presentation – I researched, I summarized, I planned offline, and I searched for pictures. I wanted to model a different way of giving presentations and model for my Year 6’s how they might present their learning throughout the Exhibition. I asked them to listen not only for the content, but also to watch for the style of presentation. Afterwards, we had discussions about both, and the feedback about the presentation style was overwhelmingly positive.
Now that I’ve given my first Presentation Zen styled talk, I’m hooked! The process of planning offline and then searching for images to support my ideas is simple, once you get your head around it! It’s something different and for me, it was a small moon shot, but one that will hopefully, impact my students greatly.
What about you? What’s your moon shot?
A special thanks to Jeff for setting the challenge and also to Paula for your inspiring talk and use of visuals.