Making Meetings Matter – Session Resources

Here is the slide deck from our Making Meetings Matter session.

Your Questions, Answered.

Questions from the Session – Answered, hopefully.

What are the games you used for the “Minute to Win It” activities?

Hot Air

  • Solo Cups
  • Balloons
  • Blow the cups off the table with Balloon’s air


Face Cookie

  • Oreos
  • Cookie from forehead to mouth


Nose Dive

  • Vaseline
  • Cotton Balls
  • Put vaseline on nose, get cotton ball to stick, and then take it across to another cup and shake it off


Separation Anxiety

  • 5 clear containers
  • M&M’s or Skittles
  • Must separate all the colors



  • 15 empty pop cans
  • Styrofoam plates
  • Must stack one can, then plate, then 2 cans, then plate, etc.


Breakfast Scramble

  • Empty cereal box fronts, cut into 28 pieces
  • Like a puzzle, they must put it together



  • Empty pop cans
  • Bowl of water


Back Flip

  • 12 pencils
  • Progressively catch pencils flipped off the back of your hand, adding 2 each time


A Bit Dicey

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • 6 dice
  • Put popsicle stick in mouth and stack 6 dice on stick


Speed Eraser

  • 6 cups
  • 6 pencils
  • Must bounce pencil off the eraser and land in the cup



  • Tables that are set up to be a ramp
  • 4 cups
  • 1 crate
  • Must arrange cups so that the cups can be rolled like dominoes to get the last cup to fall into the crate


Stack Attack

  • 36 cups
  • Must make a giant pyramid, starting with an 8 cup base

What tool do you use to produce the videos?

All of our videos are created using iMovie on a Mac or iOS device. We shoot the footage using our iPhones and, depending on the complexity of the video, edit it using a MacBook Pro or simply using iMovie on an iPhone/iPad. For the teaser video we showed, it is super simple to make these using Trailer templates in iMovie. Certainly reach out to me (@jeffherb) if you have questions along the way!

What would be a creative touch point when dealing with PLCs and Data Talks?

We recently changed the way we do data discussions with PLCs. When we get updated data from our diagnostic tool (iReady for us) we create a “Data Dig” where we print off (yes, paper) all the charts, graphs, and data sets that a PLC should need to really dig into student growth and progress. We set up stations that contain reports that are either similar or juxtapose data and would hopefully spark discussion. These data digs include data for all content areas and all grade levels, so vertical articulation is possible as well. We (the admin team) doesn’t interfere in their review of the data at all, unless a question is asked. We then setup a “PLC Connect” meeting with their team about a week later to dissect their thinking and create an action plan. It has turned into a “choose your own adventure” of data review and has been quite effective.

Is the PLC Clock something you’d be willing to share?

This is something that we have been working on developing over the last year. Please fill out this quick form so we can get in touch and share the components of the clock with you most effectively.


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Making Meetings Matter: The Building Blocks to Better PD


Jeff Herb

Jeff Herb

Principal, Writer, Consultant

Jeff is the principal of Dundee Middle School in West Dundee, IL and the founder of the instructional technology website, He and his colleague/friend Nikki Woodbury also co-founded LightUpEDU as a way to start sharing ideas to light up the traditional constructs of education. Jeff has spoken at ISTE, ASCD, ICE, Connections, and worked with several school districts in their development of 1:1 instructional programs.