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Play Personalized PD: Game of Stories

Location: W187c

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: W187c

Jason Bretzmann  
Fun, energizing, collaborative. Build capacity while creating community with this unique, entertaining game. Hear stories of other educators while reflecting on your own development. Get the conversation started, contribute and learn. Play Game of Stories and take your PD to a whole new level. Shuffle up and deal some learning!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn about a unique and energizing method of professional development called Game of Stories and gain an understanding of how to create a similar experience for their staff.


Introduction of Personalized PD: Game of Stories and explanation of the rules.

Organization into small groups, and selection of a card.

Participants discuss the card, tell stories, and play the game in accordance with the content on the card.

Repeat. Enjoy. Learn.

Supporting research

Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development details the powerful experiences of seven leaders of professional development and the positive reactions of those who participated.
Drive by Daniel Pink details and explains his extensive research on what motivates humans. The same principles of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose are applied with new ways to experience personalized PD through Game of Stories.
Jarod Bormann describes the effectiveness of his model of professionally driven learning and personalized PD in his blog at www.professionallydriven.com/
Brad Gustafson notes in a quantitative study (Chienet al., 2012) involving 322 elementary teachers, findings showed teachers’ motivation impacted attitudes towards technology learning. The study concluded that when teachers’ personal interest was increased teachers were more willing to engage. Furthermore, higher external expectations alone tend to negatively impact teachers’ attitudes (Chien et al., 2012). Personalized PD honors individual choice and impacts participants’ motivation

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Jason Bretzmann, Muskego High School

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