Y’all wanted corporate secrets that can be put into the classroom, so now I’m here to give you those secrets.

None of these contain classified information.

And I know I was supposed to do this a little while ago but, you know, life.

Let’s start with collaboration briefs.

Not too long ago I mentioned collaboration briefs (see below). Usually curated by the marketing or business strategy department, they essentially catch key components of someone’s personality or work style so that you can form a connection with them.

Now, mine says GAY, BREAD, AND DISNEY. I know exactly what this means. I’m gay as hell, I love bread, and I go to Disney parks often.

But to someone meeting me for the first time, this means that to connect with me they can mention a neat pastry they had, or…

…maybe talk about the last time they went to a theme park, or a theme park they want to go to.

In the classroom I switch this up into two activities. The first being “how would you describe yourself?”, which is pretty self-explanatory. But the second activity is…

…different. It’s “what can we say to describe the way we work together?” and they come up with a few words or even sentences to describe their work style. This can be adjusted throughout the year, but it helps to set the tone for ways they want to work together and succeed.

Ok, now onto: TECH TALK!

This is a little bit unique to my situation because I’ve worked for tech companies but you’d be surprised how many people struggle with computer basics if they’re not directly in the technology strategy or software development sector.

I see this a lot in my role as a STEM coach too. Sometimes folks do not recognize what technology we have that we can use, let alone how to use it to elevate instruction.

Tech Talk is time for us to just play around with the technology with another adult in the room…

…so that you can experiment with the tools but there is still someone in the room that can answer your questions. Think of it like an interactive workshop without any real agenda.

I do this in my role by scheduling Tech Talks so that teachers can come and play…

…with the technology in a safe space in case they need another person (me) to step in and show them how to use something.

No agenda, just ⭐️vibes⭐️ and I can help them with anything they need.

Last one for now: FEEDBACK CYCLES.

I find this is becoming more common…

…in classrooms, but I’ll give you some insight into how feedback in corporate works. Sometimes projects go through 10-15 rounds of feedback in order to achieve the anticipated result.

Now in classrooms, that’s just not sustainable. However, here’s a trick.

Most projects in corporate (unless they’re small) have a “program manager” that tracks budgets, timelines, and most importantly—feedback to be incorporated and who is going to own that feedback.

In both individual and group work, students are essentially…

…their own “program managers” but sometimes can struggle with the implementation of the feedback and how to do it constructively.

If you’re interested, I think this video breaks it down REALLY well as to how to use feedback constructively. vimeo.com/38247060

See, in this video, Austin was tasked with drawing the butterfly and incorporated feedback from his classmates to enhance his product. There were still cycles of feedback here to improve, but not 10-15.

So, working in corporate can be challenging sometimes, but…

…it’s interesting for me because I am at this interesting intersection of working for a technology nonprofit yet being assigned a school site, as well as an independent technology consultant. This is around me all. The. Time. And I do see some of its merit in classrooms.

Okay…back to drinking my morning tea.

Y’all have an awesome day! ❤️

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As someone who proudly embraces the first and begrudgingly acknowledges that I am one of the second, let’s chat.

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I'd like to begin by asking you *how* many of you knew about Katherine Johnson before Hidden Figures came out.

Being a Black woman myself and having parents who are *very* pro-Black, I didn't even know until I saw the movie, and I'd wager many of you are in the same place.

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