That being said, there were a few nuggets that I found useful and will consider implementing this year:
- Genius Hour - I'm very familiar with the idea of Genius Hour and have worked with a former staff to successfully implement it into our weekly schedules. However, the author suggests extending this idea to our staff/faculty meetings. I've never thought of this! He states, "allow your school's educators to engage in whatever activities they find stimulating and challenging. The only rule? The work they choose must directly benefit the students." I'm giving this one a try!
- FedEx Day - The author credits Daniel Pink for this idea. Simply put, you give teachers 24 hours to work on a project, anything they want to work on. The only caveat is that teachers have to share what they created with colleagues twenty-four hours later (which he states is just like FedEx).
- #CoffeeEDU - Similar to the idea of an EdCamp, but on a much smaller scale. Here, the idea is that you choose a local coffee establishment, set a date and time, and then invite educators to join for some reach discussion about education topics. You can find events in your area by searching Twitter for #CoffeeEDU.