Of course, it could also be that I have the "cream of the crop" working on developing and strengthening our elementary science program. Are there such things as "Stepford Teachers"? Really, I don't care, either way---it's just refreshing and energizing to be with them.
Today was the second day of our k-5 alignment work. I have a little anxiety over the plans we've made---not because they are bad, but because it means selling a whole lotta change to people. I know I've got excellent sales staff on hand with this group. I also know that not many people are interested in change and that most teachers are already overwhelmed. We're going to have to use a little bit of snake oil with this one. In addition to my heartburn, I also have a lot of excitement over this plan. It really seems to be the right thing for kids. It's hard to argue with that.
The Boss Lady sent out some information recently on "Open Space Meetings." I have had very little time or focus recently to read further about the topic. The principles did catch my eye:
- Whoever comes are the right people.
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could happen.
- Whenever it starts is the right time.
- When it's over, it's over.
I invited hundreds of elementary teachers. The five who came are the right five for this task. The direction we're headed seems to be the best choice for things that could happen. Timing is still unresolved. I will say that they started talking and planning before I'd even finished setting up and "officially" beginning facilitation---they aren't into breaks or lunch. They don't know what "over" means at this point. I didn't start out this process with an "Open Space" philosophy, but it seems to fit the way things are going. So, I'll take a Zantac and just go with the flow. Stepford doesn't seem like such a bad place to be.