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Our Iceberg Is Melting...

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Natasha Cass

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This became the way they did things around there…
A tough selection for scouts
Scouting became a required part of the school curriculum
Designated Fred the "Head of the Scouts"
The Professor made sure “real science” went into his work
Buddy turned down every job offered (didn’t want a leadership position) but helped find folks who could fit those roles.
Louis retired
Alice became Head Penguin

The colony thrived and grew. They continued to teach the younger members the story of the first great move and the steps they took to make it occur.
The winter passed and the scouts found an even bigger and better iceberg.

“And although it was tempting to declare that the colony had been subject to enough change, and should stay forever in their new home, they didn’t. They moved again.

It was a critical step: not becoming complacent again and not letting up.”
After the move Louis became greatly admired by the colony- but did not allow his pride to become arrogant or effect his leadership.

Buddy soothed the worry of the frantic, nervous, and downtrodden.
When no one could think of a solution to problems Fred was called in to help with his creativity.

The Professor became respected for his scientific knowledge.

Alice existed on 3 hours of sleep a day.

And NoNo predicted doom until the very end.
Louis thought maybe everyone should slow down and take it slower. Alice responded, “We are constantly at risk of losing our courage. Some birds are already saying we take our time and wait until next winter. Then if we are all still alive, they will say the danger was overstated and then that no change was really needed.”

Good news came: The second wave found the perfect iceberg. The Professor went along with a third group to assess the situation. Meanwhile, at home the penguins began the move. It wasn’t easy and it was chaotic- but it went as well as one would hope.
The scouts told the leadership group all they had discovered. Another group of scouts were sent out. A few penguins were still skeptical but more were ready to do what was needed to make the move.

They knew it wouldn’t be easy…but now they were (almost) all ready to do the work.

No one was paying attention to NoNo, Alice kept up the momentum of the work and they cut out meetings that did not relate to the work at hand.
Then came the work. Scouts were selected, they mapped the trips to find new icebergs, and worked on the logistics of moving an entire colony.
Here’s the good news: The core group of planners and workers
began to grow.

Here’s the “ok” news: The penguins interested in scouting were
adolescents who really just wanted to travel and get some
excitement and not so much into finding a new iceberg.

Here’s the bad news: NoNo and his group were forecasting dangerous storms and hazardous conditions. And some people were starting to listen.
And so they asked Fred and some of the more creative birds to create posters and signs. They created slogans and put them around the most popular places on the iceberg. Many of the penguins began to come around.

Communicating the new vision of a nomadic life, of a very different future, was for the most part remarkably successful!
At the end of the meeting:
30% could see a new way of living
30% were digesting what they had heard
20% were very confused
10% were skeptical
10% were hostile and like “NoNo”

Alice came up with the idea that they needed to remind the colony all the time and communicate the vision and need every chance they got. She stated, “We need much more communication- everyday, everywhere!”
The next day the entire colony was called together for a meeting. The Professor prepared a 97 slide power point for Louis to use to communicate the vision. The Head Penguin was impressed and gave it to Buddy who said he was a little confused by some of the information…on just slide 2. Alice had to take some deep breaths. Everyone was concerned about HOW difficult it would be to help the colony understand his message.

So Louis decided to try a different method. It was risky…but he began by saying, “Fellow penguins, as we meet this difficult challenge it is more important than ever to remember who we are.” The penguins were confused.
Alice thought they should call a General Assembly of the colony. Others thought that would worry the others and cause serious panic. Many leaders felt the situation must be kept as a secret.

Louis, the head penguin, decided that he needed definitive proof that Fred’s theory was not a mistake before calling the meeting.
Fred knew he needed to tell someone what he had discovered-so he went to Alice. Alice is one of the Leadership Council members. She was tough and had a reputation for getting things done.

Fred took Alice to dive down into the water and pointed out the fissures and other symptoms of deterioration caused by the melting. Alice followed Fred into the heart of the iceberg to see it with her own eyes.
Icebergs are not like ice cubes. The bergs can have cracks inside, called canals. The canals can lead to large air bubbles called coves. If the ice melts sufficiently, cracks can be exposed to water, which would then pour into the canals and caves.

During a cold winter, the narrow canals filled with water can freeze quickly, trapping water inside the caves. As the temperature goes lower, the water in the caves will also freeze. Freezing liquid expands dramatically in volume, and an iceberg could be broken into pieces.
What is a 20th century learner?
With your table and using the graphic organizer provided…

Write down in the left column what you would consider to be 5 characteristics of a 20th century learner?
With your table and using the graphic organizer provided…

Write down in the right column what you would consider to be 5 characteristics of a 21st century learner?
What is a 21st century learner?
Breakout Session One
Creating a Sense of Urgency
Pull Together a Guiding Team
Develop the Change Vision and Strategy
Communicate for Understanding and Buy-In
Empower Others to Act
Produce Short-Term Wins
Don’t Let Up
Create a New Culture
8 Steps for Successful Change
Hold on to the new ways of behaving, and make sure they succeed, until they become strong enough to replace old traditions.
He always ended his story by saying the most remarkable change of all was how so many members of the colony had grown less afraid of change, were learning the specific steps needed to make any large adjustment to new circumstances, and worked well together to keep leaping into a better and better future.
Create some visible, unambiguous successes as soon as possible.
Louis knew that the penguins would need to see progress as soon as possible. The scouts were organized and left. Fred had recruited well. They were enthusiastic, strong, and bright.

They decided to create a celebration for the day the scouts would come back and label them heroes! They got the kindergarten students, like Sally Ann, to give them medals! Scouts told amazing tales of what they had seen! New icebergs with food supplies and protection!

It was a “short-term” win and NoNo was nowhere in sight.
Remove as many barriers as possible so that those who want to make the vision a reality can do so.
The original planning group met and decided to identify each of the obstacles before them.
First, the dealt with NoNo by having The Professor follow him everywhere citing scientific data that disputed his claims.

The sent Buddy to deal with the small children who were having nightmares.

They asked Fred to recruit a qualified group of scouts.

One by one the began to remove the obstacles and the planning numbers began to increase. Friends began to talk to more friends- and penguins began helping in numerous ways…they began to feel empowered. Everyone began to feel they had some ownership in the process.
The penguins had concerns about food supply, weather, and the anxiety began to grow.

NoNo and his friends began to see the obstacles and were encouraged. Maybe if they pushed a little harder they could convince more people to stay.

Children began to have nightmares and their parents quit working for the cause. Birds began missing meetings and the communication of the vision and mission was dying.
He asked them the following questions:
Do we respect one another deeply?
Do we value discipline?
Do we have a strong sense of responsibility?
Do we stand for brotherhood and a love of our children?

And then he asked, “Are these beliefs and shared values linked to a large piece of ice?”

The iceberg is not WHO we are. It is only where we live.
Clarify how the future will be different from the past, and how you can make that future a reality.
The group decided they should move. They knew this had been done once before long ago when their founder had come to this iceberg. So Louis called a meeting of the General Assembly to inform them of their new strategy. He told the group it was time to move. When others asked why they had not thought of moving icebergs first the Head Penguin stated,

“After living one way for so long, why should it be easy to think of a whole new life?”

Make sure there is a powerful group guiding the change- one with leadership skills, credibility, communications ability, authority, analytical skills, and sense of urgency.
At that moment the group looked up and saw a bird flying overhead.
They realized the bird does not fly forever- and that it must
have a home somewhere. The group noticed it could be lost-
but it did not seem afraid. What if moving from place to place was
the way that it lived?
They group had an epiphany. Maybe they would not try to fix the melting iceberg.
Maybe they should just face that fact that…
…what sustains us cannot go on forever.
A team of 5 including Louis, Alice, Fred, Buddy and the Professor were asked to work together to think of a solution.

Very quickly everyone had their own ideas. Some of those included:
"Let’s drill the frozen ice and release the water just like they would an oil well."
"Let’s move to the center of Antarctica where ice is thicker and stronger."
"What about superglue to the hold the iceberg together!?!"

Help others see the need for change and the importance of acting immediately.
Before calling the General Assembly, Fred proposed an idea. With a bottle that was harder and stronger than ice but clear like ice he had an idea. He would fill this bottle up with water, seal it with a cap, and leave it in the ice for a night. If the next morning his theory was correct, the bottle would be broken.

The next morning the bottle was broken! Their nightmare had come true! They knew they needed to inform everyone.
They had serious concerns. They asked Fred if he could guarantee that his data and conclusions were 100% correct?

He responded to their questions as best he could. He asked them to think about what would happen if the iceberg did break into pieces- how many of them would die? He asked them to think about parents who might lose children and then come to the leadership and ask why they didn’t prevent it or foresee the crisis.

Alice spoke up and said if Fred is right…then we only have two months till winter to prepare things.
Alice was shaken by what she saw. She knew they needed to speak to all of the leaders. She asked Fred to put together a presentation to share. Fred was relieved that someone else was as worried as he was…but he felt worse because he didn’t have a solution to the problem.

Fred prepared an iceberg model made of ice to show the council. After seeing the demonstration, Louis was hesitant to accept the situation and NoNo said, “No the iceberg is not melting.”
This flock of Emperor penguins has been living as a colony on this iceberg for years as far back as they can remember. They would tell you “This is our home!”
Penguins are a close knit group and always go hunting for food in the sea together. They also like to spend time with their friends and family. Except one. His name is Fred. Fred is very curious and observant.

Fred had a briefcase stuffed full of observations, ideas, and conclusions. One day Fred noticed part of the iceberg collapsed into many pieces. Their home was becoming fragile!
Here’s our story…
Which one do you feel most represents you in your school?
Can you find pieces of yourself in more than one?
As we all learn the fable listen to how the character most like you adapts, hinders or contributes to the change initiative.
As we learn about our penguins keep the following questions in mind:

Creating a sense of urgency within myself…so I can contribute to the larger shift?

How can I personally change my instruction so that I can be a part of the culture shift that needs to take place?
A shift to personalized learning…
There was a colony of penguins living in Antarctica on an iceberg.
The iceberg had been there for many years and was surrounded by a sea rich in food.
There were huge walls that gave protection from the snow.
They had always lived there…life was good. Life was perfect. And everyone was happy…until it was time to make a change.
So…once upon a time
PLE Week 2013
Our ICEBERG is Melting
Changing and Succeeding
Under Any Conditions

We don’t have the luxury of time.
Our 21st century learners need US to meet their needs.
Let’s hear from some people who make a little familiar to you.
They have an opinion on what they need…and why now?

Why us?
Why this shift to
personalized learning?
Why us? Why now?
21st Century Paradigm
Mainly summative assessment with
some formative elements
Numerical criteria
Teacher centered
Assessment focused
Content with some process
Just in case learning
Lower level Bloom’s
Learning ABOUT technology
20th Century Paradigm
The students in our classroom learn and process information differently than students we taught previously.

We have to change the way we teach in order for our students to be successful.
Why me? Why now?
Press harder and faster after the first successes. Be relentless with initiating change after change until vision is a reality.
Make sure as many others as possible understand and accept the vision and the strategy.
Meet the Penguins
As we read through the fable we want you to keep our iceberg in mind.

We are embarking on an exciting shift…we need a new iceberg. Our iceberg is melting.

Turn to your partner and chat about you believe IS our iceberg?
What’s our iceberg?
A fable is a way to make a serious and confusing topic clear and approachable while motivating all ages!

“Handle the challenge of change well, and you can prosper greatly. Handle it poorly, and you put yourself and others at risk.”

This is the story of a group of penguins who got it right!
A fable? About penguins?
I’m very concerned. Who will listen to me? I’m just an average penguin. I know I need to try to make everyone listen, but I’m in no position to dictate how others should act. So what do I do?
Fred, you’re right, we have a big problem here. I will call a meeting of the leaders of the colony.
We need to show them clearly what the threat is to the colony in a way that they can see and feel the danger
I’m surrounded by trouble makers. Why is everyone running around threatening to ruin things?
My blood pressure is going up as a I speak! Those Scouts will get hurt out there and then where will we be?
I’m just plain old Buddy and I don’t understand why the iceberg is melting.
But if you say you need my help I am happy to do so. I know that our leaders are trying to do what is best for the colony.
This is fascinating. I can plot a chart with the data that the scouts are collecting and help us determine the best plan forward.
I’m proud of the team that brought us the problem to our attention,
as well as the scouts for braving the exploration. I’m proud of the colony for sticking together when danger approached.
I’ll help gather the evidence to show that we’re moving in the right direction. Heading out into the sea is very exciting. I hope that someone will feed us when we get home. This is hard work!
I wanted to find a way to be a hero too, so Alice told me to help my parents understand that we all need to help feed the scouts. We created “Tribute to Our Hero Day”! Us chicks are so proud!
When were you one of these guys?
You saw a need and were Fred?
You rose to action like Alice?
You couldn't agree like No-No?
You were an expert like the Professor?
Turn to your partner and chat
about a time you can relate to one
these characters...
As we head to break, think about what role you will play as we embark on our new iceberg.
Creating a
Sense of URGENCY
Why Me? Why Now?
21st Century Paradigm
What does the research say?
Formative with summative
Criteria based assessment
Student centered
Process and outcome focused
Predominantly process with
seamlessly embedded content
Just in time learning
Higher level Bloom’s
Learning THROUGH technology
Let's see what research
says about the differences
in learners from the 20th
century to the ones
we have today.
Pulling it all together...
Using your graphic organizer- identify at least three instructional shifts that MUST occur knowing what we do about 21st century learners.

Each person should identify those shifts…then as a table identify the 5 most powerful shifts you feel should occur.

21st century paradigms
Formative with summative
Criteria based assessment
Student centered
Process and outcome focused
Higher level blooms
Problem Solving/Inquiry based
Learning THROUGH technology
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