Leadership again: “I’ve opened the space for learning, now what?” #thingsyoushouldneversay

As we think about what type of learning spaces are needed in our College it is important to remember these fundamentals. We have experimented and given staff a look at different types of configurations for possibilities. Unfortunately the default is generally rows and a focus on the whiteboard. No matter what ways the rooms are set out at the start of the day you can guarantee that by the end they will be looking like they did in the 1960’s. I have blogged about this before expressing great frustration at the little our spaces have developed compared to some of the great learning experiences happening in the College.

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Imagine if the story of the stork delivering the baby was true.

When I was young, kids’ TV shows didn’t dare mention, or even allude to, the real method of conception and delivery. Instead, we saw the image of a stork delivering a baby, perhaps unsuspectingly, to the happy couple.

The Stork

“The baby’s here, now what?” Imagine that.

Prior to the arrival of our first-born, by the conventional method of course, there was much preparation for this newest family member. We made initial plans and preparation for the responsibilities ahead – bought supplies, furniture and the enormous amount of equipment that the small person apparently required.

When he arrived we muddled our way through. As time went on we adjusted our plans and expectations, however, the months of preparation were essential. This baby was going to change our lives. It definitely wasn’t a matter of ‘business as usual’ once he arrived.

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