Day 19 (of 184) the power (and speed) of a culture of “yes”
I’m a big fan of keeping the “no” out of innovation. Unless extenuating circumstances ($) prevent it, I like being part of a forward moving learning community. And I’ve learned that it can be powerful (how quickly we adapted school goals around self regulation), how fast it can work (see below) and how strange it can still be for some (see further below).
Power: when heads are nodding, it can be very empowering. Two times I have been amazed at how quick our learning community adjusted and to embrace self regulation to work on anxiety and again this past year to focus on helping every student read independently.
Speed: Thursday night I got a text from one of my teachers: can we meet tomorrow morning. Friday morning we met. She asked for some support…figuring I’d be in full support of her idea…. I was happy to offer two key resources: confirmation of “permissions” (part of a culture of yes aka ‘of course’) and time (I picked up her outside supervision). The benefit was that within 72 hours an idea for a breakfast club became a reality. In reality this teacher had been thinking about this for 17 school days. And she was able to make it happen (with the support of her husband and boys!) and to nobody’s surprise a lot of “how can I help”s!
Strange: I still like it when “new” members of our learning community first come by to see “if we can try something” – most recently student elections. Very timely with our federal election being full swing, so….Yes…. It becomes a trend. Our PAC is currently working on a little project that we are hoping to unveil soon!
The biggest advantage of promoting a culture of yes is having educators willing to take risks. If we try something and it doesn’t work….okay. But when something does work – we happily share! And best of all the language shifts from wondering IF we can do something to HOW can we do it! A powerful mindset!