Using the 20% Model

to ignite your professional learning

What is the 20% Model?

How do you motivate your teachers? Do you provide CEUs? Do you require PD? Do you evaluate teachers based on participation? Let's think about how that motivates adults. All of those are known as extrinsic motivators meaning "If you do this, then we will give you ______". However, many studies show that this type of motivation often breeds negative outcomes. So, why not find a way to motivate your teachers intrinsically?

Innovative companies like Google and 3M know the best ideas come from exploration. Bring out the best in your teachers by motivating them intrinsically to create! One of the best ways we found to ignite our teachers, was to allow "play time". Moving PD away from required to optional and giving teachers time to explore and create together while being facilitated instead of directed.

Bottom Line: We wanted to ensure that at least 20% of our PD was for creativity and discovering innovative ideas!

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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Suggested Reading

Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Integration Analysis

Reflection is Key to Success! But proceed with caution!

Fortunately for us, we work with the very best teachers in our district. Unfortunately for us, that produced a false sense of integrating technology in the best way. In the past, we found that our teachers were so comfortable with their title, that they weren't motivated to make changes in how they used the technology in the classroom. Although it was really rough to begin with, we chose to use some of the previous year's lessons as examples to show how little integration was truly taking place. This presentation describes a system we designed to level our lessons, not our teachers, for integration. The very last slide was an interactive piece where teachers placed the examples (must be in design mode, not play mode, to see the small text boxes on the far right side of the screen) into the tier described. Be aware: Stress that this is a reflective process to show the direction you are going, not to judge teachers.

TPACK Analysis Interactive

SAMR Training: Blended Model of PD

As a follow up to our TPACK training, teachers were given SAMR PD as a blended model. We gave them the Smore to develop and understanding of SAMR and followed up in small groups with a look at using various apps to "step up our game" to achieve better technology integration. Full disclosure: We do NOT feel that apps fit into one SAMR category so we had many discussions about how we can use the same app at different levels of the SAMR model.

*The second file is not "editable" from this link. If you need the editable version to share with your staff, please email us and we can send you the file.

Appy Hour

Appy Hour isn't a new concept in schools. But, it's one of the best ways to challenge teachers to learn a new app, use it in their classroom and share it with other teachers! Our Appy Hours are short and sweet! We spend a little time showing off the new app and then we allow plenty of time for the teachers to play with it and then share out ideas of how to use it in the classroom.

Appy Hour Schedule Announcement

Sample Appy Hour Agenda

App Challenges

To allow for our teachers to play on their own time, we created App Challenges. These could be done at their own pace and on their own time. They could also pick whatever interested them! These were rolled our weekly or bi-weekly and teachers submitted products to earn a badge on their iPad outside their classroom door.

Bostian App Challenges

Knollwood App Challenges

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Teacher Led Staff Development

Find teachers in your building that are experts in something and ask them to provide staff development to the rest of the teachers! Seeing peers as experts helps to motivate teachers to become better and learn what others know.

Teacher Led Staff Development Announcement

Mastery Lists

These Mastery Lists were initially created for students. Once they were complete, I realized that these were great for teachers at well! Explaining what makes one a master of a program instantly motivates teachers to learn what's on the list so they can show off their skills!

Apple Mastery Lists

Tips and Ideas

Empower Teachers

  • Fed Ex PD: Give teachers time to "deliver" a lesson. No barriers, no guidelines. Just time to develop with you at their beckon call.
  • Ed Camps: Encourage teachers to share their ideas by using EdCamps as PD.
  • Playground: For those who still need some structure, give an application or program and ask teachers to explore it together.
  • Don't dangle rewards in front of teachers. This often impedes progress and creativity.
  • Offer praises but quietly. We often drop a quiet line to an administrator or fellow teacher knowing it will make it back to the teacher.

Collaboration Board

How did this help?

At least once a month, teachers sit down by grade levels to fill out the Media/Technology Collaboration Board. How does this help motivate teachers? It doesn't. But when teachers come to a PD, we have resources ready that tie into what they are already doing in their classrooms. Therefore, while teachers are creating and sharing, they aren't online or going back to their rooms to find the resources they need. They are engaged and thankful that we've taken the time to align PD to something they can roll into their classroom immediately.

Do we provide resources for everything on the board? No. We pick and choose things that we know will be used.

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Our Results

After spending over a year and a half giving up the control of PD to our teachers, we learned that our schools were thriving to integrate. Our teachers were working together and sharing like never before. Although it was our goal for our teachers to be intrinsically motivated, we found that they were motivated more by what their peers were doing! There wasn't a feeling of competition as you would imagine but a culture of curiosity and sharing emerged. Initially, very few teachers were interested in optional PD. However, we now average about 75% participation with no extrinsic rewards. Teachers show up because they want to learn, not because they are forced. Teachers participate because it is personally relevant to how they teach and at their pace, not because they are given a step by step set of directions to follow. Are we dreaming?

Questions? Contact us!

Becky Goddard

Twitter: @beckyg314

Ann Crilley

Twitter: @agcrilley