Writing in Public as a Personal Call to Action

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I overheard someone in the stairwell when I was heading down to the scrum meeting say, “You know, since these scrum meetings ask us what we are working on in the next 24 hours, I’ve been so productive! You know that people are going to check in on you and your goals.”

I also noticed this evening, going through photos on my phone that there is more public writing about my personal goals than in the past.  Because of this public writing, whether it is in a scrum meeting where people are taking notes as I speak, when it is my turn, or whether it is the silent reflective writing my department did this morning to bring us back together as a team after a weekend apart, I’m noticing that when my words are shared in writing, there is a personal call to action and a level of accountability to make good on those words.

Here are some of my words from today. IMG_20160829_123405

Bottom middle: I shared that a victory was working on uniform vocabulary with my team – and I shared that writing a blog post about that goal helped me return to it, stick with it, and help me to stay with the goals I set last week.  I shared that in the next 24 hours, I needed to schedule the orientation for the hybrid PE course and message enrolled students about the time and location. And, I shared that an obstacle was finding who to talk to at SAHS about PE space for the hybrid course’s weekly cardio lab.

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It’s hard to see on this photo, but I committed during our scrum meeting with the SanArts Conservatory team to provide consultation and training on the use of Google Calendar by a distributed team of conservatory teachers, to help update the SanArts website with timely information, and to create a social media communication “recipe” where posts and updates are automatically shared  to multiple channels via ifttt.com.

After a weekend apart from each other, we reunited as a team with this exercise:

  1. Each team member has a laminated 11 x 17 paper and a dry erase marker. (We happen to have our avatars on our makeshift whiteboards.)
  2. Team member #1 gets to ask a question of the team, designed to help us reconnect and share our thoughts. We all respond to the question in writing on our laminated whiteboards (with our avatars on them), and then share by showing our responses (without talking) with the team.  After reading our various responses, each person on the team gets one follow-up question. Repeat for Team Member #2, then #3.
  3. Our questions were the following:
  • “How do you feel after the weekend about our live YouTube show?”
  • How can we share the supportive, sharing culture we find in scrum meetings and team debriefs with teachers and students at sites?
  • “If you were looking back on this time a year from now, and said,’Don’t miss that opportunity,’ what opportunity would that be?

 

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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.
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One thought on “Writing in Public as a Personal Call to Action

  • Bryan Davis
    August 29, 2016 at 11:21 pm
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    Yep! Right on point with “I’m noticing that when my words are shared in writing, there is a personal call to action and a level of accountability to make good on those words.” This directly impacted me today. I knew exactly what had been written on the board as a result of the scrum meeting, and I had laser like focus to accomplish that specific task. I wanted to be able to share accomplishing that task as a victory in tomorrow’s scrum. Well said, thank you.

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