At Rover we have been pretty excited about trying some new strategies, integrating more technology and increasing our use of project based learning across content areas. We have a passion for innovative teaching and learning. Additionally, many teachers, along with myself, have been striving to do a better job of telling our story on social media, particularly Instagram.
This morning as I was reflecting with my instructional coach on the strategies we have used to promote innovative teaching and learning, it struck me that the process could be described with 3P’s Permission, Pull, and Push. Permission, teachers and students were given permission and the safe setting to try new things, even when they got a little messy, without a constant chiding about test scores. As long as our focus continued to be teaching the standards, the experiences for students could look different than they had in the past. Early adopters took this freedom and tried out things they may have been uncomfortable or fearful of in the past. This culture of permission and safety must remain in place to support innovative teaching and learning.
Pull, these early adopters began sharing their stories and successes with others on their teams, at staff meetings, and even through social media. Celebrating successes and sharing struggles sparked an interest in those who had contemplated trying new things but were somewhat unsure. The early adopters pulled their colleagues into the process and the innovative culture continued to grow.
Push, for some, it is easier to take risks when they have permission, others are doing it, and they are receiving some gentle encouragement from their school leader. In some ways, these individuals have been the most fun to watch as their hesitation turns to excitement as they try new things. With that, the culture of innovation now permeates every classroom.
Given we were heading out for Thanksgiving break at the end of the day today, my “thankful for” message was this, “I am thankful for having the opportunity to work with a school full of innovative teachers and learners.” Happy Thanksgiving!