Aaron Johnson Teacher Leadership Plan


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On Monday, July 25th I had the pleasure of sharing my leadership artifact with my esteemed colleagues at the opening reception for the 2011 New Literacies Leadership Institute (NLLI). I expressed to those present my rationale for selecting this visual which features President Abraham Lincoln seated amongst his cabinet for what appears to be a round table discussion and/or debate. The visual supplies framework for intended dispositions extended to my fellow co-workers at my school for a future faculty presentation. I would share with my co-workers, as I did with NLLI, that Lincoln's chosen cabinet consisted of what many contemporary political experts consider "political rivals." Lincoln valued opinions and abilities of his"rivals" enough to include them in his inner circle despite much criticism from fellow party members and supporters. President Lincoln, when making an important decision, would often surround himself with said rivals absorbing their suggested ideas and positions, all the while assembling the best course of action for the country.



To my co-workers I would suggest that described cabinet members represent possibilities afforded them in modern 21st Century classrooms. Since my school is a 1:1 school, these possibilities become even more numerous. I would continue my analogical discourse by making connections to information gathered from NLLI, specifically in relation to Cool Tools. Lincoln cabinet members, for the purposes of this presentation, then come to represent various web 2.0 tools such as Voicethread, Glogster, Prezi, etc. Each tool, as I learned from the Institute, offers unique and interesting alternatives to traditional methods of instruction. As the teacher, or in this case as Lincoln, teachers then hold the capacity to cipher through advantages and disadvantages of specific web tools and decide what course of action is best suited for individual subject matter.

As I mentioned before my school is very fortunate being 1:1, however, this blessing has not exactly been well received by all faculty members; and in some cases for good reason. We, as a school, became 1:1 two years ago. The implementation of 1:1 initiative, according to many, was not exactly well planned. Students received laptops, in some cases, before teachers felt qualified or even comfortable endorsing them in daily lesson plans. For the most part dispositions reflective laptop incorporation have evolved and are now very positive, however, some anxieties and apprehensions have carried over. It is my goal as a new leader at my school to help reduce some of those anxieties by presenting information in an easy to understand, patient manner.

Most faculty members at my school are fairly proficient in their usage of technology within their respected classrooms, however many are not aware of new web 2.0 tools and the potential they afford. Ideally I would present new tools to my faculty on different occasions; each occasion sanctioning a different tool. Presentations would be inclusive for all levels of comfort and competency reflective technology. For my first presentation I would introduce my co-workers to Glogster. Glogster presentation would follow a similar lesson plan framework:



Subject: Cool Tools

Topic: Glogster

Teacher: Aaron Johnson

Date: Fall 2011

Activity

Description of Activities and Setting

Materials and Time

I. Focus and Review (Establish prior knowledge)

Begin Presentation by showing contemporary posters (Library leftovers from Book Fair)

Ask teachers why they think posters appeal to our students? Then ask how can we use this interest to initiate student learning? Questions will engage discussion which leads nicely into presentation.

Leftover posters from Book Fair

5-10 minutes

II. Statement

As a means of continuing discussion, I will then project screen displaying Glogster on to Smartboard; screen image will be strategically placed adjacent to traditional poster to illustrate previous discussion. Inform teachers that poster technology is available for our classrooms. Explain exactly what Glogster is.

LCD projector, Smartboard, traditional poster, laptop computer

5-10 minutes

III. Teacher Input (Present tasks, information, and guidance)

Explain uses for Glogster in the classroom by showing examples already created. Feature examples for all subject areas. Have teachers create their own accounts.

LCD projector, laptop computer, Smartboard

10-15 minutes

IV. Guided Practice (Elicit performance, provide assessment and feedback)

After having teachers create their accounts, show them basic functions of Glogster and how it works. Walk around as they explore and offer helpful advice and tips. Encourage creativity.

LCD projector, laptop computer, Smartboard

20 minutes

V. Independent Practice

Have teachers create their own glogs.

Laptop computers

30 minutes

VI. Closure (Plan for maintenance)

Close by sanctioning discussion, How can I use glogster in my classroom?

5-10 minutes

This presentation again would ideally be the first in a series in which I would introduce teachers at my school to new web 2.0 tools. I've created an additional tutorial which would be of help for any teacher in need of additional help.

Introducing co-workers to said tools and endorsing a positive, curious disposition regarding technology and its implementation is how I would best serve them as a leader.