Trainers Network Mtg, 4.3.2020
Part 1: The theory of Praxis
6:30- 6:32 – Introduce facilitators & skillshare
6:32-6:35 – What is Praxis?
We could discuss the definition all night as it has many interesting histories, instead we will use a working definition and use our time together:
Praxis is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realised. “Praxis” may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.
6:35-6:38 – Logistics
- Assign a timekeeper — someone who can keep us tight with report backs if needed.
- Assign a welcomer — someone to welcome late arrivers and get them up to speed
6:38-6:43 – Outline goals and agenda
By the end of the workshop, participants will
* Know basic definition of praxis
* Have praxis tools and strategies to draw on
* Have increased awareness about realistic expectations for application & importance of prioritization in theory/idea implementation
* Have a work plan for applying / implementing participant-chosen aspect of past skillshare to participant work
* Start the discussion on how to teach the praxis tools in participant work
What is praxis?
Identifying Praxis Tools
pair share + post its
Applying What We Learned
Group share and support
6:43- 6:55 – Self reflection
See word document: Initial Reflections
Instruction given: Think about a time when you learned something and were able to apply it. Organize your thoughts as clearly as possible, no need for an essay where bullet points will do, you can skip questions that do not apply.
6:55-7:00 – Dyad breakout
Instruction given — Partner with someone you do not know to discuss handout. Put any resonating tools/strategies for Praxis on post it. Go around the room and put the post it on the flip chart sheet that applies (categories are: Creating Time, Prioritization, Accountability, Action Plan, Scheduling & Calendar, Handouts/Worksheets, Miscellaneous)
7:00-7:15 – Collective Wisdom
Instruction given: Get into a group based on which category you would like to discuss more, answer these questions within your group & write some key thoughts down on the flip chart
(categories are: Creating Time, Prioritization, Accountability, Action Plan, Scheduling & Calendar, Handouts/Worksheets, Miscellaneous)
Questions for break out groups:Sticky Notes
Effective Handouts, tips, and toolsSticky Notes
*Force reflection in the moment
*worksheets- doing some of the application prep in the moment.
*More Learning post training/More resources that are graphically nice to look at
*Lots of prep time
*Report things/evals and needs assessments
Action Plan, tips and toolsSticky Notes
*Action plan is implementation
*Explicitly listing tools you’ve learned
*Use visuals to create timelines
Scheduling and Calendar, tips and toolsSticky Notes
Prioritization, Tips and tools
MISC. Tools and TipsSticky Notes
Arrange for a buddy system and buddy check-ins during workshop (for 2-3 day workshop)
1. Actions/accountability speaks louder than words/training
2. Sharing contact info
4. Facilitators stake/long term engagement.
Creating Time Tips and Tools
7:15-7:35 – Report back from groups
Instruction given: please share at least one key thought on each question, but keep report back succinct. Timekeeper, please keep us to it by letting us know if our groups go over 3 minutes.
PART 2: The practice of praxis!
7:40-8:05 – Creating a flexible action plan
Handout: Prioritizing Praxis & squares, construction paper, tape
Instruction given: For this section we will actually map out a theory or idea that you want to implement in your work. We will hand out two things, first, a worksheet on prioritization. For folks who have competing ideas/theories they want to apply, you can use this worksheet to prioritize. Try to use it as a secondary resource rather than mapping out everything that comes to your head, as we want everyone to leave here with an action plan.
Next the action plan: we are handing out cut up squares, use them to write out the steps you will take, the people you will have to consult, anything you have to account for in your implementation. We want to use squares because it encourages folks to think about implementation in a non-linear way, and gives you some flexibility to change the trajectory of an action plan if it isn’t working (just re-order the squares!). We will also have construction paper so after you’ve played around with the ordering of your plan, you can paste it to the paper and draw arrows between steps as needed. Or you could lay them out and take a photo with your phone. If you’re doing this at home you could cut up white board magnets & stick them to your fridge, or tack paper to a cork board, glue to a chalk board, etc. Get creative!
After reading questions from flip chart sheet, Zahara models her action plan.
8:05- 8:25 – Teaching the Praxis tools/strategies
Handout: Teaching the tool worksheet
Instruction given: break out into like groups (teachers, organizers, etc). This is a good time to revisit the answers on the first handout, what made a theory or idea resonate with you, what made you able to put it into practice, how do you create like conditions for others?
8:05- 8:30 Calendaring & Report-back
Instruction given: Now whip out your calendar, computer, or phone & schedule your next two steps.
Close: Go around the room and ask for each participant to briefly say either something new they learned that resonated or something they liked and are excited to walk away with.
Hand out evaluation forms.