Wicked Problem

Post Updated 4/27/14 9:15PM - Since writing this post, my group has finished our project. Rather than adding a separate post, I've updated the links below to the final recommendation.


The semester is winding down and that means final projects are wrapping up. In Applying Edtech to Practice, my group tackled the problem of "rethinking teaching." Essentially, we came up with a suggestion for how teachers can improve their practice based on The Danielson Group's teacher evaluation tool.

The Framework for Teaching has four components:

  1. Planning and Preparation
  2. The Classroom Environment
  3. Instruction
  4. Professional Responsibilities

The instrument breaks each area down into indicators which we used to outline our proposal. Using the TPACK framework as a guide, we looked at each subgroup in the Framework and linked them to simple tools teachers can use to move toward the distinguished level of performance.

To organize everything, we've created a Popplet as a graphic organizer. From there, you can learn more about The Danielson Group, the TPACK framework for applying technology as well as see our white paper recommendation and video of the process we used to create the final product.

Any feedback in the comments would be appreciated. The final revision will be posted later this week.

3 thoughts on “Wicked Problem

  1. Shelly says:

    Hi Brian-
    I shared this review with your teammates as well.

    I have read through your white paper and looked over the Popplet. We are struggling to keep our word count down as well.

    Moving between paragraph 1 and 2 is jumpy. That is to say that paragraph one, I believe is defining your wicked problem, and then paragraph 2 is specifying how you are going to solve it. However there is a jump between the two, and it might take the average reader (someone outside of our education world) a minute to figure out why the Danielson research is important to the new knowledge that teachers need.

    If you are looking for another person to quote about assessment – look over Grant Wiggins’ research. When my school received training on the Charlotte Danielson framework – we also looked over some of Grant Wiggins work. He has written a couple of books and has some articles posted out there, he should be fairly easy to find if you need something else.

    In Planning and Preparation, I understand why MOOC is included – but I’m wondering you really need it included in the white paper. You have many things listed in the Popplet that have not been included in the white paper, and that line seemed a little out of place.

    In the classroom environment section you do not list any of the technology choices that they will have. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not, but all of the other sections in the white paper have choices or ideas for technology connections listed. Also, the paragraph starts off with “Distinguished” without referencing Danielson.

    Under the Instruction section, if you removed the second line (if you are looking to condense) the paragraph has the same meaning and tone without it.

    Under Professional Responsibilities what about listing Twitter as one of the PLN choices.

    In the conclusion section: The word “Through” in the quote from Gee – should that be “though”?

    I noticed also that you have a lot of direct quotes. They all seem to work well with what you have written and the topic that you are covering. I’m wondering if you could remove a couple of them to shorten the length, or condense the wording down and still reference them.

    The Popplet that you have designed is huge! Nice work! I like the extra videos, and all of the explanations and links within the popplet.

    Hope that helps. If I think of anything else, I will send you an email.

    Best of luck on this project!

    Shelly V.

  2. Tim Jarrell says:

    I think your group is doing a good job and I enjoyed reading your White Paper. The Popplet you made is impressive, too. I understand the frustration of keeping your White Paper under 750 words. A member of my group called this a Wicked Problem. Isn’t that true? There is so much to be say and 750 words just isn’t enough! My biggest suggestion is to paraphrase some of the longer quotes you have. I think you will be able to do this without changing the meaning of the text. (I sent you a more detailed list of suggestions and comments for your White Paper as an attached to a Word document.)

  3. Tim Jarrell says:

    I think your group is doing a good job and I enjoyed reading your White Paper. The Popplet you made is impressive, too. I understand the frustration of keeping your White Paper under 750 words. A member of my group called this a Wicked Problem. Isn’t that true? There is so much to be say and 750 words just isn’t enough! My biggest suggestion is to paraphrase some of the longer quotes you have. I think you will be able to do this without changing the meaning of the text. (I sent you a more detailed list of suggestions and comments for your White Paper as an attached Word document.)

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