I was lucky enough to have to take my G9 daughter to my K-5 school. She is taking a design & tech course so she was able to help emphasize the importance of design. She was very helpful on showing the many steps she has taken in planning and (gradually) 3D printing a race car. The designing made the building easier – but in the spirit of guided/gradual release of responsibility when she was ready, she was really ready!
Even more so she (and a number of Rube Goldberg videos such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMboI4cOAuQ ) helped to show that the first draft isn’t…..can’t be….the only draft. Mistakes and fails will be made. In fact to push yourself to make a simple task complex, fails are necessary – as First Attempts In Learning (and Leading)
As a teaching principal, I sometimes like to think of both my classroom and the entire learning community as a Rube Goldberg machine. It looks like it should be easy to have kids learn. But those of us doing it know it’s much more….complex….than that. There are individual tweaks and twists and turns that need to be made and adjusted each time. And just when you think you’ve got it right, something needs another looksy and adjustment!
And if you don’t take chances and model model model, how will others do the same (or similar – whatever). Rube Goldberg machines help us work on our thinking. Being okay with mistakes is a key part of learning and leading. You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs – but you’ve still gotta work it & add something extra to make it more than just a mess.
Have fun. Make mistakes. Always get better!!