Teaching Idea Funeral

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 6.12.22 AMNow this sounds quite sad, but I was reading about the idea of Startup Funeral from the book by Shane Snow

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In one of the chapters he talks about Startup Funeral in which I looked up more information on their website. I think there is great value in this type of sharing. It shows that we are trying and we don’t have to be perfect.

A major obstacle in education among teachers is that we are scared to admit when we make mistakes. We fear being wrong and fear letting others know. Perhaps making it an event like this it could help open up future communication and honest conversations.

I think we need to feel comfortable trying new things out in the classroom. We need to feel comfortable with talking about not only the good, but the bad. The first step to making positive improvements is to first have a real look at ourselves to see what is good and not so good. When we see areas of improvement we can then connect with others to develop a plan to make improvements.

Perhaps each semester we could have something like this. I know that we are afraid to talk to people about what went wrong. If we could get a few up talking this could start to build the trust and foundation to any school that to admit mistakes is okay.

In these moments we might be able to find new solutions, new ideas, and new tweaks by sharing to others who have a different perspective on things.

What do you think? Would this be something educators would find useful?

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