“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone. When your uncomfortable actions lead to success, the organization rewards you and brings you back for more.”
School is back in session! Innovation Diploma is HAPPENING!
It’s been incredibly difficult to explain to people how much thought, research, discovery, tinkering, designing, and prepping has gone into the initial launch of this week and the long-term vision of the program. And then explain how important it is for students to be the creators of the iD program. It’s for them–shouldn’t we know their needs before we design it all? It’s been a fine line to walk–the desire to expose student learners to experiences, readings, talks, and stories, & create mechanisms for them to observe, question, experiment, associate and network in an authentic way.
I know I haven’t done it perfectly. But I do think I’m meeting our iD learners where they are, at least I’m trying to do that. Some of our kids might be thinking: these past two days have felt like any other day of school. Innovation should be disruptive, so why are we standing around talking about problem definition? Why are we taking turns sharing about how our first day of school went? Why are we blowing through post-it notes writing about interviews with our partner about whether or not we should meet more than just one period a day? Why aren’t our teachers telling us our first project? Why are we waiting for the bell to ring? Why don’t Mrs. Cureton and Mr. Adams just tell us what we should do now?
I would say this: All those thoughts are perfectly legitimate and healthy and likely. That’s where we are right now. We’re building our team. Establishing trust. Creating relationships. Navigating the ropes. Testing the waters. How can any team succeed without a common understanding of what it means to succeed? How can any team be successful without deep commitment? How can one be commited without knowing what he/she is commiting to?
I am so thrilled to be part of this journey with the iD cohort. I have so much to learn, and I cannot wait to do it along side 13 other learners.