It is always good to engage in our own reflective practice when things do not go according to plan and how we…

It is always good to engage in our own reflective practice when things do not go according to plan and how we support one another through that process. 

Today I asked myself this question after a professional learning session: What do you do when the tech (or the activity) doesn’t work? 

Does anyone have suggestions for me?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anduD2Ll0v0

12 Comments

  1. Great question, Ben. I think we all know that familiar feeling of rising blood pressure and heart rate when the tech dies. Especially, since we probably just tested it successfully 5 minutes before the audience arrived! I would add to your thoughts about the power of modeling how to handle yourself when things go south. I’m sure if you did a ‘Think Aloud’ about your decision to focus on log-ins , you helped the participants see how you handle the chaos in style.

  2. Great question, Ben. I think we all know that familiar feeling of rising blood pressure and heart rate when the tech dies. Especially, since we probably just tested it successfully 5 minutes before the audience arrived! I would add to your thoughts about the power of modeling how to handle yourself when things go south. I’m sure if you did a ‘Think Aloud’ about your decision to focus on log-ins , you helped the participants see how you handle the chaos in style.

  3. Great question, Ben. I think we all know that familiar feeling of rising blood pressure and heart rate when the tech dies. Especially, since we probably just tested it successfully 5 minutes before the audience arrived! I would add to your thoughts about the power of modeling how to handle yourself when things go south. I’m sure if you did a ‘Think Aloud’ about your decision to focus on log-ins , you helped the participants see how you handle the chaos in style.

  4. Great question, Ben. I think we all know that familiar feeling of rising blood pressure and heart rate when the tech dies. Especially, since we probably just tested it successfully 5 minutes before the audience arrived! I would add to your thoughts about the power of modeling how to handle yourself when things go south. I’m sure if you did a ‘Think Aloud’ about your decision to focus on log-ins , you helped the participants see how you handle the chaos in style.

  5. Karen Carmean and Diana Golden, thank you so much for your own wonderful reflections on this issue. The power of thinking aloud and “not freaking out” is huge. The ways in which we can be learners through frustration shows how we persevere and problem solve. I also think the way in which we involve our audience in the process is essential. The more that we can draw them into that thinking space, the better. 

  6. Karen Carmean and Diana Golden, thank you so much for your own wonderful reflections on this issue. The power of thinking aloud and “not freaking out” is huge. The ways in which we can be learners through frustration shows how we persevere and problem solve. I also think the way in which we involve our audience in the process is essential. The more that we can draw them into that thinking space, the better. 

  7. Karen Carmean and Diana Golden, thank you so much for your own wonderful reflections on this issue. The power of thinking aloud and “not freaking out” is huge. The ways in which we can be learners through frustration shows how we persevere and problem solve. I also think the way in which we involve our audience in the process is essential. The more that we can draw them into that thinking space, the better. 

  8. Karen Carmean and Diana Golden, thank you so much for your own wonderful reflections on this issue. The power of thinking aloud and “not freaking out” is huge. The ways in which we can be learners through frustration shows how we persevere and problem solve. I also think the way in which we involve our audience in the process is essential. The more that we can draw them into that thinking space, the better. 

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