I’m at the stage in the Cohort 21 process at which I feel a little stuck. Maybe this is just the common experience of Cohort people, but if I a perfectly honest, I am feeling discouraged.
On a Twitter chat, I shared my how might we statement with the Cohort community. It was well-received, resulting in some tweets celebrating the idea for the project itself, and others offering wonderful resources. However, as much as I appreciate this reception, I am still wondering if this question is good enough.
Even so, I think I’m asking an important one.
How might we foster real, brave conversations between students and teachers that lead to real changes within a high-performance, high-output environment?
This question needs to be asked, but so many things come to mind that make me doubt it.
Aren’t we already asking this?
Are you essentially trying to be a psychotherapist? (No!)
Hasn’t this been done before?
Aren’t there already so many resources that answer this question?
However, even though these questions bombard my mind, I still think we need to keep asking this. See, no matter how many programs we put in place or how many wonderful people we have leading the way here, we have to keep asking this. We need to keep pushing to be better at this, no matter who we are or who has done groundbreaking things here. No matter how much research exists and how many programs have been devised.
Yes, we need to keep looking to the great work that has been done. We are not looking to reinvent the wheel here. We are not sacrificing good, sound practices on the altar of innovation. We just need to keep being better at this.
The problem is, where do I start?
I started by making some quiet observations on how students behave in one-on-one conversations with me as we worked on refining writing assignments.