Teachers Teaching Teachers #276 Questioning Efficiency in Schools: Mary Ann Reilly, Ann Leaness, Pam Moran, Heidi Gable 12.14.11
This is the second episode on Teachers Teaching Teachers [ http://teachersteachingteachers.org/?feed=rss2 ] in which we invite the ideas of Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze's Walk Out Walk On http://walkoutwalkon.net to inspire our conversation.
Are you a Walk Out? Read these couple of paragraphs from the book and Web site, then come join us on Wednesday, 12.21.11 for a chat room at http://edtechtalk.com/live-ttt and watch the LiveStream.
ALSO - if you would like to join us in the Hangout soon, if you have read the book and would like to get in on the conversation directly, just let us know.
Inside dying systems, Walk Outs who Walk On are those few leaders who refuse to work from the dominant values that permeate the bureaucracy, such things as speed, greed, fear and aggression. They use their formal leadership to champion values and practices that respect people, that rely on people’s inherent motivation, creativity and caring to get quality work done. These leaders consciously create oases or protected areas within the bureaucracy where people can still contribute, protected from the disabling demands of the old system. These leaders are treasures. They’re dedicated, thoughtful revolutionaries who work hard to give birth to the new in very difficult circumstances.
And then there are those who leave the system entirely, eager to be free of all constraints to experiment with the future. You’ll read their stories in the next pages. But even though they might appear to have more freedom than those still inside, they encounter many challenges that restrict their actions. Old habits and ways of thinking constantly rear up on their path. It’s easy to get yanked backwards, or to doubt that this is the right direction. It takes vigilance to notice when these old ways of thinking block the path ahead.
20:36:56 Paul Allison: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113993022447291199374/posts/5NTbbBSDg53
20:37:02 Paul Allison: http://www.walkoutwalkon.net/
21:00:14 chris@brocku: Sorry - still trying to figure this out
21:00:37 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr): Thats fine. Can you see the video stream?
21:00:47 chris@brocku: I can thanks
21:01:12 chris@brocku: Hi Heidi
21:01:39 monika: hey
21:01:48 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr): hey (again)
21:02:59 Paul Allison: http://www.walkoutwalkon.net/
21:03:14 Paul Allison: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113993022447291199374/posts/5NTbbBSDg53
21:08:37 @hhg: Book called "Walk Out Walk On"
21:36:36 fmindlin: hi everyone
21:37:24 fmindlin: I'm at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, about to start a meeting about the Maker Project
21:40:02 chris@brocku: what's that fmindlin?
21:42:17 fmindlin: the Maker Project is a collaboration between Writing projects all over the US and the Maker Faire and Make Magazine, promoters of do-it-yourself activities
21:44:11 chris@brocku: is it writing related to K-12 education?
21:46:01 fmindlin: that's the challenge--how do we relate it, and what good is it?
22:08:20 chris@brocku: Just wondering, will the chat transcript be posted on the website along with the video?
22:11:09 chris@brocku: I'm an education student taking a technology course and need a copy of the chat transcript for an assignment, but when I copy and paste it doesn't seem to work
22:11:39 chris@brocku: I noticed previous blog posts have copies of the transcripts - any way someone could put this one up?