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  1. Great article. As a teacher of Web Design/Development and Computer Science, I appreciate this article. As I approach winter break, I’m in a reflective mood, and this came at the right time.

    I’ve been a teacher for 17 years now. About twice a month, our high school staff participates in staff development, and when we are given tasks aligned to important goals, the time indeed does not feel wasted.

    One of the activities that I like to do is a combination of brainstorming and ranking and rating. What we’ll do is be given an essential question related to a problem of practice (e.g. how do we engage more students in the classroom?). Then, in tables, staff will brainstorm ideas and write them on giant post-it easel pads (they are half the size of a table).

    After that, each sheet of brainstorming ideas is placed around the room, and staff members are given a slip of 5 or so stickers (stars, dots, smiley faces, etc.). We then silently walk around the room, read each brainstorming poster, and place a sticker next to any idea that we agree with. We can put more than 1 sticker on any idea.

    Of course, there are endless variations, but there’s something about walking (and being silent) that is powerful.

    I’d also like to give a shout out to my colleagues in the Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association, who put on staff training in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. We are teachers who teach teachers, and we do our best to model practices like the ones you are talking about here. I plan to forward this series to our instructors as suggestions for planning workshops.

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  2. The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lot of great information which can be helpful in some or the other way. Keep updating the blog, looking forward for more contents…Great job, keep it up..

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  3. It is very important to set goals and create agenda for achieving your target in work.

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  4. I couldn’t agree more that reviewing is critical to get the point home.  Often times with all of the excitement people can easily forget how to apply what they just learned which doesn’t help anyone.  Take the time to review the main points, and maybe even give them some homework to keep them thinking.  Great article!

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  5. Do you ever find defining goals and having a set agenda limits creativity? I mean I built my site www.Nitroline.ca on a whim. Most of my designs are done that way. Especially the written work.  I find it has the most natural flow. I apply this to brainstorming and getting to creative solutions. The more we define where our minds are supposed to go, the more we limit ourselves as to the expansiveness of where the mind can go. What are your thoughts?

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  6. Totally agree with the Article. It will be very difficult to get the the desired result if your Goal is not set. thanks for this Great post. looking forward to see more such great contents.

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  7. very informative article…keep it up

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  8. Informative article. Very effective tasks.

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