Thinking about What if I were designing one more faculty meeting? 60-60-60 #50 and reflecting…
Bo writes about designing faculty meetings in his 50th CHANGEd post. In a FastCo Magazine article from last April David Kelley reflects on designing curious employees. I see these two posts as intimately connected…because both are about empathy and of course, the design process. There’s also a connection with the idea of developing creative confidence…and that’s something that I hope to continue to develop in myself and in others through my work with lower school students and faculty next year.
For the past ten years, I have been mostly a participant in divisional meetings. And now, as Bo closes the door on faculty meta-planning, I am just beginning to open that door as I start to envision and chart the path for the 2012-13 school year and my first as lower school principal.
At this point, there are only a few things I know for sure about my approach to faculty meta-planning:
- I’ll use empathy, the design process, and creative confidence in my thinking and planning. I’m not sure what exactly that will look like, but I do know that those concepts will guide my approach. After all, this is an image which many educators know all too well.
- I’ll fail, many times, in my attempts. But if I am to create a culture of risk-taking and prototyping, failure is necessary and an important part of the process. How I model overcoming failure (and truthfully, how I process failing with my perfectionist self) will be important as I seek to develop a rich and dynamic culture of learning and growth.
- I’ll lean on others and use their wisdom and experience as a trusted resource. Already, I see how I could tweak Bo’s #1-#5 ideas to fit my own purposes. The fact that I have his experience to draw from in addition to friends and colleagues here in Atlanta and all over the world (thanks to social media!) is an incredible gift.
- I’ll grow as a student, teacher, administrator, and design thinker. And it will be messy. And difficult. And rewarding. And every emotion under the sun. But it will be worth it.