Monday, July 11, 2016

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

"The innovative is in the process, the innovative is in the procedure, in the structure, rather than just doing one-hit wonders."

Take two minutes and watch this clip from Daily Fuel, and listen to these words and others from Cary Tilds, Chief Innovation Officer for GroupM. Her advice is that we must change the way we work if we want to consistently innovate and change the game. 

What might be one change teachers could make in the process or procedure of their incredibly demanding work that would open the door to innovation? I offer the idea of an inquiry cycle. Here is one possibility from the Canadian Education Association:

Any internet search will reveal a lot of different models, and there is no one right way. The important piece is that teachers collaboratively engage in the process, in successive cycles throughout the school year, to try out new practices and collectively assess student learning.

Here is another example, from the Coalition of Essential Schools:

You can read Kathleen Cushman's article here for a deeper explanation of how the cycle was used in a variety of contexts. Highlights include the importance of the power of the collaborative team, the importance of action, and how the cycles resulted in system changes that created the conditions for innovation.

Join the conversation....
How are you and your team currently using your collaborative time? If you are not currently using an inquiry cycle to drive your collaborative time and your practice, how might switching the way you work to such a model make a difference? If you are engaged in a cycle of inquiry, please share your experience.

As always, thanks for reading, thinking, and posting comments.

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