My colleague [@pamsheena] and I wanted to wrap together a summary of our professional learning from this school year.

The keywords or buzzwords were written on decks of playing cards in sharpie. The decks were 1$ each from a local dollar store.


  • We landed on a wordcloud concept.
  • We wanted an artifact to hold in our hands.
  • We loved the volume : The volume of terms was overwhelming.
  • We were blown away by the connections between provocations.
  • Some of them we couldn’t clearly define.
  • We made it to 162 words (3 decks) in less than 30 minutes.
  • Both of us reviewed our journals, social media feeds, and anecdotal notes to get authentic representation from 2016-2017.


  • Ice breaker in PD sessions
  • Flashcard keyword review
  • Schema disruption / concept building – what happens when three random cards are forced to create meaning?
  • Card values could be blended into provocations ie find another 9 or Q
  • Informative on ramp for new team members
  • Goal setting for new school year. Distributive engagement.
  • Forget the provocations, just use them for poker.

Let me know where you go with this.

Provocation Deck 1 1617

provocation deck 1

Provocation Deck 2 1617

provocation deck 2

Provocation Deck 3 1617

provocation deck 3

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