A1 For me a gamechanger is a person who helpt me change the way I teach and students learn. Someone who inspire me!
A game changer lead by example, is willing to take risks in order to foster improvement for everyone. A gamechanger is somebody who makes me think differently about something I do, and therefor improves the way I work. Someone who introduces a new 'way' or means to broaden or deepen the learning expierence. A gamechanger tries, makes mistakes, do over and show. It is someone who sees things differently, is courageous enough to make it happen, keeps going & supports others to follow. A gamechanger challenge the status quo and can improve teaching and learning, seeks always to push forward. Vision and determination are massively important for a gamechanger. A gamechanger is one willing to try a different way of doing something despite the risk it may fail or be outside the norm. A gamechanger push boundaries and share their learning into schools with practicing teachers. Always trying something new, learn from mistakes and ispire others with that one thing he figured out. It's someone who isn't afraid of change and has a vision to make a difference. A gamechanger stick around until the end. Sharing their mistakes and success. To find the right thing you need to try stuff out that doesn't work. A gamechanger has a fire burning in her heart and she can light the fire in other people too! A gamechanger can also change the rules of the game. Someone brave enough to lead, humble enough to be led, visionary yet with vision to see greatness and possibilities. A gamechanger is someone that changes behaviours, moves people from 'have to' to 'want to'. Gamechangers don't have to be first to dive, but the do need clarity and collaboration skills if they are to have an impact.
Q2 What are traits you admire of gamechangers that you've met or who work at your school?
A2 That would be patience, sometimes, I go fast! Too fast for colleagues to catch up!
Fearless, perseverence, knowledge about education, passion, innovation, bravery, creativity, forward thinking, help to inspire, persistence in spite of obstacles, happy to share and support, helping others, the capability to listen and empathize, their grit, their ability to be infectious, their strong believe in their cause, they have a vision, they are risk-takers, they are inspiring, they always know why they do what they do, energy! To question the status quo, they ask why? and why not? Their willingness to share and to listen. Those who always put pedagogy first + passion as educators leading change and child centered. Determination, love for education, enthusiasm, bravery, funky, courage to try something new, help and lift others up and bring them alongside, tenacity, bravery, vision, helpfulness, generous with their time, expertise & resources and not being afraid to fail and to learn from it. Leads by example. An attitude of a learner, may not always know the answer but willing to work with you to find it together. Gamechangers are open facing rather than keeping things to themselves. Their willingness to share not hinderd by insecurities, limitless energy! A gamechanger has a clear goal and focus and knows how to lead others in sharing and living the vision, They are full of doubt, sure they'll get caught out, they are risk takers who push te boudaries. Curiosity, 'everything will be fine-attitude'. Respect dedication, enthusiasm, possitivity and willing to take small steps.
A3 I'm there for my colleagues, not always but they can count on me! I'm not (yet) the gamechanger for everybody. Being enthusiastic can be a threat for some people, sometimes I share stuff without my name written down.
Get pupils excited about the changes, supporting with planning, implementation & ideas. Sharing successes & failure are key. Be supportive, find their hook, open door policy in your teaching, lead from the front. It's not about stepping out, it is about inviting in. Stepping into their classroom and help/show how things can be approached differently (or better) ran drop in sessions, 1:1 mentoring. Build teacher teams to share the knowledge. By supporting and listening, moddeling, team teaching, joint practise, give guidance and room to move, room to fail. Take time to hear their concerns. Be willing to share mistakes along the way. Our mistakes empower others. They pick kop the baton and run to the next hurdle. You could step out of your classroom and help. It's easy. Just do it. Share share share! Being open to questions - understanding their starting point - all takes time - don't be to pushy. Demystify the change by inviting them in to the classroom, have supportive chats over coffee, ancourage them to give it a go. Lots of reassurance, showing in a fun context where it is OK to fail and finally using Digital leaders to demonstrate. Coffee chat is always a great way to break the barriers down and get the creative ideas flowing. No need to be seen as expert, that can limit impact. Preparing lessons or activities together, There should be time to breathe, time to think and time to disseminate. Start small, offer support, both formal and informal, be patient but encourage them to try. [Being a leader is not about you, it's about the people on your team and how you can help them be successful.] Build confidence and show the impact. Facilitate, not dictate. Respect their perspective and show how change can makes furthesr improvement. Achievable goals has made change accessible. Keep it simple. Show, don't tell! Be a good mentor, collaborato, be passionate, make your students passionate about what they do.
Q4 What are the roles of our pupils? How can they facilitate change at school?
A4 Spread the word!!! Let them be ambassadors for the lessons you teach! When pupils can have a voice, it will be heard!
Digital leaders are essential. Pupils are one of the most key agents to change in a school, let them become the teachers. With digital leaders, school council, peer mentors and eco council: the children are the focus and creators of change. Change belief change behaviour, some can be tutors and innovators. Students have skills, don't be afraid to be taught by them if they simply know better! iLeaders support with change but all students support each other.
Q5 How do we stay a gamechanger?
A5 Celebrating your successes and share them with us! Look back and measure the steps you made, even if they are really small!
Keep your own line of innovation where you can enjoy yourself and get enery from, stay focused on the change, take time necessary, but do not wander of path for the sake of others less enthusiastic. Keeping up to date with new apps/features/tech sharing tips and kjoining discussions, trying new ideas & identifying students needs. Always be yourself, don't settle with what your are doing. Keep pushing the boudaries, one set at a time. Don't fear failure or opposition. Hold your WHY up front so people know. Find support in the ADE community, hard work and stay connected. Stay close to yourself but go off the beaten path. Produce content, publish, learn, visit others, copy others and give things twist, take challenges, do staff you have never done. Never lose the attitude of being a learner, take a chance, give it a go, small steps, big results. Look back only to learn from mistakes. Look forward and be prepared to make more. Communicate clearly and embrace your tribe. Embrace change, move with the times. Keep pushing on, looking for opportunities, and have confidence in yourself, what you do, what you want to achieve and why. Realisticly, school managment needs to support the change too. Never settle, never compromise the vision. Adjust what you must to include everyone. Find a tribe of gamechangers who spur you on. Keep your why at the forefront of your mind. Keeping on learning and trying to make lessons more relevant for students, trusting in our ability to do better. Remember why you wanted to change the game in the first place, maintain that drive even when the going gets tough. Be connected to others, keep studying but sometimes it is also good to do a thing in the samen way twice. Be innovative. By alwasy be a life long learner and recognise that being a successful game changer means that others will join you and go beyond.
Q6 How can we use our community as gamechangers?
A6 inspire each other, give comfort when needed, share your worries and stand together! Let's make garlands of failures and balloons full of joy!
By sharing successes, discussing ideas and developing links we can continue to develop new ideas and how they will benefit our students. Encourage each other, we are not the competition, we are our safety net where we can spill our thoughts and get excited again. Keep sharing and show what can be done. Ask questions, look for links, work together, The ADE family is always willing to help. Share ideas, seek advice when needed. Find comfort, you're not alone, ask each other, learn, visit each other, be inspired. Your peers are the best folk to challenge you and your thinking. Share, visit, talk, ask, work together, share, support, laugh and enjoy the journey together. [the second we stop taling, sharing, laughing, networking, meeting, inspiring each other, the game changes to solitaire]
By recognising everyones personal strenghts, everyone has somting to offer, remeber to acknowledge other achievements. Be on the look out for new ideas, ask questions, share experiences, thougths and ideas. Use the community for all its worth. Keep talking, keep sharing, we inspire each other. Our collective expierence is wide and strong, only by working together we can make the greatest impact. Showcase our work, tell our stories, amplify others. Use gamechangers to build momentum and get people on board through seeing the evidence firsthand. Keep striving, being brave and taking risks. Look for ways to benefit learners, ease workload and inspire others, try ideas and evaluate. Share, learn, teach, support and amplify, fail fast and often. Not being afraid to fail is the key here. There will always be detractors, pursue your passion. By meeting with a group who are suppotive, willing to share and to inspire each other. A gamechanger belives in her crazy idea enough to see it trough and love it. Not knowing what it will actually be. Try to be in balance with your ideals and the reality. Wou learn all the time but the speed varies.
The after party: What game have you changed? What has been your biggest vision and impact achievement?