This is a presentation by Josh Diamond designed for returning (experienced) Team Managers. It will be updated annually.
It was originally presented at the October 18, 2014 NYDI Eastern Region Team Manager training session, and is updated annually.
This is a presentation on how to build great teams, with a section on what Appraisers want at the Tournament.
It was originally presented by Corrinne Collett — veteran Team Manager and Appraiser — at the October 18, 2014 NYDI Eastern Region Team Manager training session.
This is a presentation by Dee Urban, former NYDI Affiliate Director and Affiliate Training Director, on tools for creative problem solving.
It was originally presented at the November 29, 2012 Team Manager training webinar.
This is a presentation by Josh Diamond on the ethos required for teams to advance to Global Finals and be successful there.
It was originally presented at the January 16, 2018 Team Manager training webinar.
Josh Diamond – NYDI Eastern Regional Director – email@example.com
- My background: Software Engineer and consultant, when not doing Destination Imagination
- Involved in DI since 2006, when my son Max started in the program, as a 5th grader doing our Improv Challenge
- My wife, Zhanna, was the Team Manager – but DI seemed rather abstract and confusing to me until the team reached the NY State Finals – and then I was hooked!
- Huge breakthroughs for Max in his confidence, in how he interacted with his peers, and in what he could achieve.
- It is now 9 years later, and both Max and and my younger son, N'yoma, have competed at Global Finals (Max 4 times, and N'yoma three times).
- I have moved from confused parent to Team Manager, on to Croton DI coordinator, and then onto the NYDI board first as Webmaster, and now as Eastern Regional Director.
- Who is here? Adminstration / Teachers / Parents / etc.?
- What do you already know about Destination Imagination?
How it Works:
- Question: What does the typical Elementary or Middle school classroom look like?
- Sage on a stage?
- More interactive?
- Differentiated instruction for each student, or perhaps for identified groups of students?
- Who has ownership of the student's learning? The student, or the instructor?
- Flipped Classroom concept: Student learn content using books, video, or other interactive tools at home, and then receive personalized feedback and assistance from the teacher in the classroom.
- Instead of flipping how time is used, Destination Imagination flips the role of teacher vs. student.
- Students are all given a fixed task to accomplish
- We do not specify much detail about which tools or techniques should be used to accomplish the task...
- ...but each Challenge is designed with a set of "points of interest" – or learning outcomes – in mind.
- Kids want to solve the challenge – so they seek out sources for the required skills or knowledge needed to succeed.
- Team Managers don't instruct or direct - they faciliate the operation of the team, and support the team in finding skills training when they request it
- End results:
- Students are engaged in learning in a fundamentally different way – driven not by external standards, but by their own imagination brought forth to solve the challenge.
- Students have ownership of the process
- The teams success is wholly their own
- The Challenges:
- Team Challenge:
- Central Challenge
- A long form problem to be solved over the course of 5-7 months, created by Destination Imagination.
- 7 types: Techincal, Fine Arts, Scientific, Improvisation, Structural, Service Learning, and Rising Stars (Early Learning)
- Regardless of type, every Challenge has a "story" component, which is part of the team's presentation
- Each challenge has a well-defined maximum budget for items used in the actual presentation
- Team Choice Elements – Team-selected add-ons to the Central Challenge which allow them to show off their unique skills, workmanship, etc.
- Central Challenge
- Instant Challenge – A short form problem presented to the team and solved within about 8 minutes.
- Types: Task Based, Performance, or Hybrid
- Team Challenge:
- Team Manager Training
- I/C Fiesta
- NYDI Tournaments – Where teams come to show off their solutions, and receive feedback and recognition for excellence
- Global Finals – Destination Imagination's international tournament – the "olympics" of Creative Problem Solving
Let's Solve An Instant Challenge:
- Knock It Off: Task Based
- Mix Up in the Factory: Hybrid
- Tower or Bridge: Task Based
Let's Watch a Performance Video:
- Program Materials:
- Published each year in mid-summer
- All 7 Challenges
- Rules of the Road – the detailed rules governing the program
- Roadmap – a guide for Team Managers, includes sample Instant Challenges, meeting plans, scheduling guide, etc.
- Usually form in the early fall, or sometimes late summer
- Competitive teams may have no more than 7 members per team.
- There are no limitations on Rising Stars teams
- Five levels of competition: Rising Stars, Elementary, Middle, Secondary and University
- Each team must have at least one adult Team Manager
- There are no limitations on how teams are sponsored – tell us how you want to do it, and we will support you!
- Team Managers:
- No pre-requisites other than participating in our Team Manager Training program
- Sometimes Team Managers are teachers...
- ...but mostly Team Managers are just parents who care about bringing this program to the kids!
What Does it Cost and How Do We Pay For It:
- Basic cost per team for a BOCES participating school is projected to be $442 for the 2015-16 program year.
- Team Manager Training and Mentoring Program
- Instant Challenge Fiesta (in January)
- NYDI Eastern Regional Tournament registration (March 5th, 2016)
- NY Affiliate Finals registration – if invited (April 2016)
- Not included:
- The cost of materials needed to solve the Challenge (note overall out-of-pocket expense will probably exceed the defined Challenge budget).
- Lodging at tournaments
- Global Finals is a separate cost:
- Held in Knoxville, TN at the University of Tennessee and Knoxville Convention Center
- Registration cost is approximately $700 per attendee – for team members, managers, and spectators alike
- Team is responsible for transportation costs to Knoxville
- Start your fundraising in September if you expect to attend Global Finals!
The Tournament can seem daunting to new Teams, new Team Managers, and Spectators.
It shouldn't! Because we have lots of great tips on how to have a great time at the tournament without developing an ulcer, high blood pressure, or having a panic attack.