Designing classroom experiences. Architecture. Writing. Diagramming. Technology. Science and engineering literacy. Programming. Conservation. Environmental science. Biomimicry. Original Green. Green. LEED in all its permutations. Energy efficiency. Brain games. Learning process expertise.
My friend Dave Gray once said to me that face time is too valuable to waste on announcements. And yet I attend a lot of announcement-oriented meetings. And I find that I don’t have what I really need to do my job effectively: a brain trust that can help me work through the issues I listed above.
I don’t mean the job of teaching. I feel like I have a handle on that. I mean the job of teaching design thinking. That’s what I’m supposed to do at my current school. I can generate reports and do research all I want, but if I’m going to move beyond the research and report and plan phases, I need a team to help generate the ideas. And a team is what I don’t have, yet.
But I’m thinking that my team should include some of the parents and students I’ve developed a connection with. I don’t necessarily need a bunch of yes-people — in fact, I need a team that disagrees with me, not virulently but generously and kindly. And I need a team that can think and express their ideas.
How did you assemble your Brain Trust? Who’s in it? How is it helping you reshape your classroom?