TeLT's & DeLC's -Mentoring for ALL

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What's working well? (themes of success)

Building Relational Trust – the Power of Listening

  • The relationships - when I approach things positively, as a solution provider, willing to work beside educators
  • Flexibility and really listening to teacher/student needs
  • Communication is a key factor - open up and listen to all parties
  • Listening and learning from Teachers and Students at the school and then sharing these successes with others
  • Open communication with TeLTc and DeLC - trust

Authentic Collaboration – the Power of Team and Building a Mentoring Web

  • Digging into Technology-enabled learning and teaching pedagogy through collaborative inquiry
  • Small group and individual support is yielding the greatest gains.
  • Learning from others... recognizing expertise
  • Collaboration on 21st Century Learning with colleagues within our Curriculum Department
  • Working with a team of educators who are fearless ... investigating the new normal related to learning, teaching and leading
  • Working with teacher learners 1:1 or small groups to provide just in time learning. This is working well for CPS ePortfolio and many teachers just beginning with vLE
  • Building a support system where people can learn from one another.
  • Working closely with the Telt to establish short term goals with long term impact
  • Getting teachers together so they can discuss strategies that can work in their classes and to hear the good, the bad and the ugly from their peers who are successful
  • Finding innovative uses of the VLE in elementary
  • Much greater interest from principals this year (over previous years) on deep learning – PLCs dedicated to deep learning with technology. It’s almost an ah-ha moment for some.
  • Opportunities to connect and share
  • Finding some real niches dep'ts to work with - becoming indispensable in PAE, Section 23, Student Services...
  • Supporting a system-wide network of educators who are key learners with respect to Technology-Enabled learning and teaching. Providing them time to collaborate and learn together.
  • Connecting with colleagues who are also risk-takers --- strong communication among team and time for reflection - honest reflection
  • Digital collaboration
  • Making connections between people
  • As a person new to the role, I have found it great to be able to build off the work of others while at the same time learning where different groups are at in terms of their adaptation of technology and different approaches
  • Some of our role is to link teachers to other teachers who are in similar mindsets and stages of integration of technology.
  • Peer-to-peer learning is so effective and valuable

Flexibility of Stance and Role – the Power of Self Knowledge and Seeking out the Attributes of our Colleagues

  • Being more patient is better for my own health
  • Realizing that not everyone is on the same page but that is OK.
  • Recognizing multiple entry points.....
  • Job embedded professional learning. Meeting the teachers where they are and helping them scaffold their learning.
  • Seeing where everyone is in comfortability and being able to mold to the needs to each individual students/staff member
  • Seeing people who are tech averse attempt to use tech in their practice
  • Meeting teachers where they're at while providing 1:1 support. As well, staying connected and responding to questions as quickly as possible.
  • Job-Embedded, one-on-one support seems to be the most effective model.
  • Using student as tools in exemplifying impact of technology to teachers that are not sure about technology and integrating it in every day learning and reflection i.e., ePortfolio
  • Response time is critical..... key to success and values others -- but not enough of me to support one on one anymore and fear a loss of the personal touch as it may become automated and not personalized for the learners
  • One of the best pieces of advice I've had- be a solution provider... hear where they are, help them to where they want to go
  • Perhaps we need to really create/support a "trade center" in our TELT community -- so many wonderful resources have been created in shared over the past few years ie (Homework Help promotion, HOW TO Documents for vLE etc... that new TELTCs would benefit from - any way we can scrounge in the archives and create a "GO TO" section to help new TELTCs not have to "re-invent the wheel"

What issues and challenges are you encountering? (stones in your shoe)

Messiness of Learning – Vision

  • Differing views of the learner in 2016
  • Getting to a shared vision that tech enabled learning is important and valuable for students and teachers
  • Working with parties that may not have different goals than you (IT)

Messiness of Learning – Impact

  • Measuring the impact!
  • It is easy to recognize success and challenges, the hard part is recognizing the learning opportunity
  • Finding & highlighting excellence in technology-enabled learning teaching - what is our evidence of impact?
  • Compiling impact evidence

Messiness of Learning – Reaching All Learners

  • How do we reach those that refuse to engage?
  • Building student comfort and confidence with using assistive technology - still a very new concept at my school after recent improvements to infrastructure
  • Assisting those risk-adverse staff and students to innovate and change their mindset.
  • Openness to change seems to be more difficult the further you go up the ladder
  • EQAO and teacher's feeling they don't have "time". Not seeing how new initiatives can actually help students learn not only for one test but the test of life.
  • Educators fearful of technology and taking risks i.e., learning from students through their ability to take chances and self-direct learning through discovery.
  • Not having devices in the room just to have some but dusting them off and incorporating them in the learning.
  • Fear as a reason not to move forward
  • Maybe it's not about convincing the teachers but about empowering the students --- Student Voice is really important..... trying to lean that way here
  • I feel stuck in really introductory use of the VLE and being asked to reinforce traditional teaching practices. (This is the first year that teachers have been offered training to use the VLE. Even our e-Learning teachers have limited training in using the VLE and simply deliver the packaged materials as given.)

Messiness of Learning – Deepening Support of Implementation

  • Moving beyond relationship building
  • Enabling the learning to extend beyond the initial launch
  • Moving beyond ICT coach - building pedagogy with colleagues - not only assisting with LCDs...
  • Moving pockets of innovation to systemic change
  • Learning about what goes on in the classroom when I am in Information Technology and a DeLC - getting connected
  • The need to work within a growth mindset culture ... and the challenges of getting there.
  • Helping teachers to go deeper with their tech use
  • Phrasing new pedagogical support ideas in dollar and cents so that people who can help you make it happen actually hear you
  • Retention of users is important. Striving to make their learning so meaningful that it fuels their desire to stick with it even through the learning curve
  • For me part of the change has been the ability to work one-on-one with staff, but in larger boards I understand that isn't always realistic.
  • Differentiating the support - different things will work for different individuals
  • Starting with the vLE as a communication tool between home and school is a good start

Messiness of Learning – Balance

  • Prioritizing so that key work gets done without working until 10pm + each night
  • Keeping up with demand and finding a model that will help manage the need for support
  • Change is slow, the pace has to be slow and steady. This can be a working well item too.
  • Opportunities to meet f2f and build strong networks have diminished. Maintaining relationships in online environments is more challenging.
  • Sustainability ----- "built it and they came" -- can't support the demands for "Support"
  • Managing time across K-12 grade levels, and meeting all their different learning needs and opportunities.
  • What happens when you get to the issue of sustainability --- success worked on building relationships and the support provided -- now teachers are floundering when they were told to fly - not enough personnel to support their needs as capacity and interest has been built
  • Success needs more support, not less
  • Could there be other types of support besides one-on-one and only one person providing the one-on-one i.e. videos, champions in a building, etc.
  • Building a system where the confidence is their to problem solve for themselves and be self-directed learners is one of the biggest goals
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