Sarah Warren

Who is Your Crew?

Blog Post created by Sarah Warren on Aug 12, 2020

Welcome to Adventure week left!

For completing this assignment, you will earn an Emerald!


Who is Your Crew?

“Having a diverse crew is in your best interest. Don’t be limited by your subject, grade level, school, or even profession. Take counsel from a wide variety of people and seek out multiple perspectives.”

-Dave Burgess, page 169


Most, if not all of you already have a crew whether you subconsciously know it or not. Take some time to think about who your crew is currently. Then think about whom else you want to include in your crew. Who rounds it out to give you different perspectives? Consider Administrators, Community members, NAAE staff and members, Superintendent, other Teachers, etc.


Also take into account people on your crew, or people from other ships that may cause mutiny. Who are your naysayers; who causes “killaboration?” You may not necessarily want them on your crew, but as you start to navigate the high seas, it is good to know where they are located - to keep them on your radar. Knowing your naysayers helps you plan for and overcome the objections they have to your lesson, units, or your subject in general.


1. Who is your crew and/or who you want it to be, and why? What do they contribute to your crew?
Let your crew members know you appreciate them! Reach out to them and let them know that you consider them to be a crew member, or reach out to someone new and ask them to be a part of your crew.


2. Who are your naysayers? Why are they considered naysayers, and how do you think you can continue to adjust the conversation with them to potentially create collaborators instead of killaborators?

It's probably best to generalize your naysayers for the sake of this conversation, i.e. don't call anyone out by name. However, write them down somewhere you keep your notes so you don't forget!


PRESERVICE TEACHERS: If you are not in the classroom, or about to be, who is your crew that you use in school? University professors, past ag teachers, etc.