For this week’s play, I went to the “Make Bank” to see what ideas they had. I was surprised to see how many unique options were out there for digital creation! I loved the idea of making a “wall” of inspirational quotes on Padlet. However, I didn’t think I could learn much just by opening Padlet and typing quotes. So instead, I chose to make it a collaborative endeavor.
I created the Padlet with the goal of having my coworkers share their favorite or most inspirational quote about teaching. A quote that gets them through the tough days. I learned how to create a Padlet and make it public. I also had to explore how to add a couple of sample posts to it so the collaborators would know what to do.
The hardest step was gathering participation. I used my elementary school’s Facebook group to send out the message. I shared my purpose and tried to encourage them to take the time to share. Unfortunately, during the first day after sharing I had no responses! I was surprised since my coworkers are usually very supportive and collaborative. I didn’t want to be obnoxious or badger anyone, so I waited it out. Within another day, I had multiple responses! Then my coworkers began telling others in the group that they had done it and it was very quick and easy to do. Once those coworkers shared about their experiences, more responses started coming in!
I learned from this experience that hosting a Padlet and making it public is incredibly easy. But pulling together buy-in is a little harder. I’m going to leave it for a couple days to gather more quotes, then I plan to print a copy and hang it in the staff room while I think about how lucky I am to have such supportive coworkers.