PLC-F CFT SI – Day 1 Recap & Resources

Westminster Professional Learning Community Facilitators (PLC-F) completed day one of planning for 2011-12 school year.  We are learning to get ahead of the curve! We enjoyed day one of a three-day mini-retreat to prepare and plan for our responsibilities and opportunities as 2011-12 “learner-preneurs.”

The skeleton plan evolved to:

  • Show and Tell from Gamestorming to get to know our team
  • Game Plan from Gamestorming to begin to chart and plan our August start when we return to our team and induct new members
  • A combination of a modified Post-up and Affinity Map from Gamestorming to establish norms.
  • Game Plan from David Sibbet to begin to chart the stages of learning for building norms in the fall
  • Guskey-style 4-point rubric for norms and revision of rubric
  • Collaborating and Prototyping using Tom Wujec’s Marshmallow Challenge
  • Essential Learnings for our PLC/PLTs and the expected products using a matrix with Dot Voting.

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In addition to our plan, we used mediated journaling combined with tweeting to hear from our team.  You can follow our learning by searching #PLCCFT11.
Other brainstorm ideas that we can document:
  • Working together to plan:
  • Additional “Get to know you…”
    • TedTalk
    • iMovie of PLC work
    • Post-up of Characteristics
    • Reprise the “Toy Box” activity from last year.
    • Modify “toy box” activity to use Legos, K’Nex, Tinker Toys, Jenga to build off each other
    • Journal prompt:
      Think about your own life and the times when you were really learning, so much and so deeply, that you would call these the “peak learning experiences” of your life. Tell a story (you may include pictures, symbols, or other icons, too) about this peak learning experience, and respond to the question, “What were the conditions that made your high-level experience so powerful and engaging?”(adapted from 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, Trilling and Fadel, 2009)
  • Strategies for Norms:
    • Use Green-Yellow-Red Post-It notes to record “what makes you go” (green), “what causes you to proceed with caution” (yellow), and “what causes you to stop” (red) when working with others.  Then use Affinity Map to categorize norms.
    • In the January/February edition of the Harvard Education Letter, Richard Elmore published the article “I Used to Think…and Now I Think…” Reflections on the work of school reform.“People often find this a useful way to summarize how our work together has changed their thinking and their habits of mind, and how we have influenced each other.”Based on our work together, how has your thinking changed?  Will you complete the thought: I used to think…and now I think…?


Gray, Dave, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo. Gamestorming: a Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers. Beijing: O’Reilly, 2010. Print.

Sibbet, David. Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes, & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Print.


About Jill Gough

Learner, Love Questions, Problem-finding, Math w/technology. Interests: Collaborating, PLC, Formative assmt
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