For the past two years I have been involved in our district’s “Lead the Way” project. One of the goals of the project is to provide forums in which we can share innovative and creative teaching and learning experiences. Every time we host an event, we put a call out to everyone in the district to bring forward projects upon which we can shine a spotlight. We are really driven by the idea of discovering or unearthing innovation and creativity. And yet, despite being a large district, it is always tough to find a large number of staff willing to bring a project forward for the event.
In a recent conversation about this, the question of “Why?” came up. Why don’t more staff bring projects forward? The more I think about it, the more I realize we are focusing on the wrong question — the wrong problem. Instead of asking why staff are reluctant to share their creative practices, we should be asking, “Why do we need to ‘discover’ or ‘unearth’ creativity?” Why is it hidden?
I wrote an email tonight to the superintendent with whom I work on “Lead the Way” because I had a thought. A simple thought. And I had to change the initial wording, “what if” to “what will happen when”:
Imagine what will happen when teachers blogging about what happens in the classroom becomes the norm?
We need to create a culture of sharing. Simple as that. Build that and there won’t be any need to ‘uncover’ or shine a search light to find what we are looking for, will there?