After weeks of anticipation the 36th BCPVPA/UBC ShortCourse got started today. This year I a here as a facilitator – although all of us agree that as ‘facilitators’ we are doing more modelling of life-long learns than anything else.
I now see what my facilitator (the lovely Jessica Antosz) meant when she was as excited to be part of the event as any of the other participants – there is a tremendous energy throughout the room with a mix of new principals and vice-principals from throughout the province. Now the pressure is on to facilitate thinking, sharing, dialogue, etc without guiding – after all, there are many times where there is no one right answer….
Which was nicely illustrated by Vice Principal Adam Baumann and his presentation on ethical decision making and ethical reasoning. The sharing of a thinking model where we work through:
Is a decision necessary?
Who has what problem?
List the facts of the problem
Is it right vs wrong?
Is it right vs right (I still find this the toughest to step away from when emotionally connected to a problem)
and the Which resolution principle is followed: Cares based, Ends based, Rules based
Going through case studies as a group allowed some very powerful meta cognition. Instead of rushing into ‘an’ answer and instead working out a solution that you can work with and live with and feel comfortable defending.
Some big thinking for the first day! I’m looking forward to seeing how my table reflected on their day!