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Leading Groups

Here are my notes from a fabulous PD session I attended at Barnett House on Friday and Saturday. I can’t wait to put some of these into action!

Bring groups together that are

  • Engaging
  • Effective
  • Achieve the desired outcomes
  • Engage around ideas without making it personal
  • Efficient and inclusive

Strategies and tools for focussing attention, processing information and building relationships.

Strategies used

  • Stem completion pg 90 (topical, outside meeting…success I had, one challenge remains) Possible tools…wall wisher or linoit
  • Table share
  • Elaborate (find the person that has the most elaborate…)
  • Synectics pg 19
  • Learning Partners pg 66
  • TCharts – strengths and stretches pg60 (learning and unlearning journey)
  • What is the Big Idea (see image)

  • Text the expert pg47 – shifts context
  • Conversation pairs and elevator speech pg 65
  • Read and connect pg 82
  • Spend a buck pg 9,33
  • Favorite food trios (post it with fav food and find 2 different)
  • Modify jigsaw pg 32
  • One word summary
  • Intervention pg 58 (me map can be done outside f2f setting, then join partner)
  • Line ups (dream vacation, agree/disagree continuum)for groups (slice and dice or number off) **when time and stree is tight and high. Maybe do two rounds?
  • Snowball flight pg 72

Structures – maximize productivity in short amount of time, increase time for engagement. We want sustained thinking in the conversation.

Pairs or partners – learning is individually integrated but socially constructed.

Personal pronouns don’t belong in facilitation.

Principles for Leaders p45

  • Skilled leaders describe – what and why and how
  • Create a third point (make it in a object) see image

Seven Premises pg 6-12 

1) Positively open doors for thinking/learning. How can we help you? Foundation for effective work.

2) Biological & social legacy – safety, non threatening environment. Few minutes bf the workshop are important.

3) Predictable dynamics to groups – task vs relationship…an effective facilitator will design pieces for the opposite type. Certainty vs ambiguity & detail vs big picture

4) Learning through inquiry, collaborative, scaffolding, pacing…. (differentiation). Unlearning is part of this process. Reflect on how we learn and what is/is not productive. Community building, relationships, communication builds community.

5) Focus on design – engaging, effective, people by in,collaborative, and increases satisfaction as well it curbs nonproductive behavior.

  • Structure – size, time
  • Strategies – protocols and actives.
  • Stances – lead the way to engage group. Present, collaborate (sharing, trading ideas, co-laboring and creating something together) or facilitate (it’s about the group)

6) Roles, expectations and conscious discussion choices.

7) Open to change…model the change process yourself.

Individual to partner to group and back to individual – deepen understanding, ask question, more context

Stances for Leading Groups

  • Presentation -leader provide information, outcome not activity driven, more energy on learners and learning and less on content & themselves, learners create meaning from presentation. Tensions: leader expertise
  • Collaborating – leader and group share information generation and analysis. Signal trust and respect, equals,
  • Facilitating – group members generate information and analysis

Learning is individually integrated but socially shared then closed again with the individual to own the learning.

Start – why are we here. Purpose. Most think they are here to do something but it needs to connect to the task at hand.

“Listening is more than waiting for your turn to talk.”

Words and phrases

  • Please pause
  • Please shift your attention
  • Not finished – where your are is just perfect
  • Pack and Stack – take your things. Change location.
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