Building engaged teams

This slide presentation is designed for the business environment but the core ideas apply equally well to education. You read through the presentation and it arrives at the part about disengagement and isn’t that the bane of every teacher and of schools? We are always talking about engagement and how to engage students. The presentation equally reminds us we need to engage the adults in the schools too. Morale and enthusiasm go a long way in any age group. Building engaged teams has a good look at how disengagement occurs and the sorts of strategies which can be used to re-engage people. What appealed to me as a teacher was that word – explore – we need to get students exploring and we need to be able to explore as teachers as well. Technology offers so many possibilities for exploration. It’s a seemingly bottomless pit. You only have to take iPads into a language classroom and get the students to use the Puppet Pals app and suddenly everyone is switched on and engaged in a very real way. Or you take students to Voki.com and they just love it, want to use it and will work hard to make it all happen. Had it not been for technology I would not have seen this presentation and one of the real values of belonging to a networking team like SlideShare is you become engaged by interacting with others from all over the world who have considerable expertise in their chosen fields of interest. That’s motivating and creates engagement. So I offer the presentation to you so you can have your own thoughts and discussions around engagement and how you make it happen.

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4 Responses

  1. Dear Sally, I am amazed at the high quality of this post. I liked your ideas in extending the application from the business domain to the teaching arena. Amazingly, how you expanded exploration to teaching and the vivid technologies employed to engage students and raise their willingness to explore. I am privileged to have this post on one of my presentations. You added depth and opportunities for its expansion. Greatly appreciated

    • Your presentation encouraged me to explore its application in education. As I read it I could see the point for us as teachers and how a strategic approach which is founded on common sense and knowledge can be helpful. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? Someone creates something thougthtful and then that can engage your own brain and that is how we share,impart and sustain knowledge. Thank you for your well considered comment.

  2. I added this response to your comment on slideshare, dear Sally
    The comment of Sally prompted me to do some research. I found this reference related and valuable
    The goal of training syllabus shifts from meeting the institutional needs (completing a syllabus) to meeting the learner’s needs (creating competency and connectedness). In the end, this model meets the institutional needs more effectively because learning is internalized and the learner is engaged.
    http://efendirake.blogspot.com/2008_10_01_archive.html

    • I need my syllabus to create learning goals and objectives for each year so the learning is delivered in a sensible, sequential manner. If then I want to take some risks and explore with technology and what it can do I am always running into time issues. Competency and connectedness are both essential but it takes time to light up the connections and then is becomes really creative and the levels of competency just rise at such a steep rate in my experience. That blog is well worth the read and I have bookmarked it so I can look at it some more. Thank you for this comment because it is starting to clarify some good ideas in all of this exploration.

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