A little while ago The Shift wrote about the Three (Silent) P’s of Innovation. Simply put they are
Permission: educators need to feel that they have the permission to try something new
Protection: innovators should feel that they are protected if something goes sideways
Policy: people need assistance in navigating the policies that may slow down innovation
We’ve worked within these three P’s for the past year, mostly helping to convince others that they do indeed have the permission to try, fail and learn. Innovation is a part of the Halton District School Boards Improvement Plan, so teachers should feel that they are protected when trying something new. As well, administrators and IPLs are well versed in assisting teachers when navigating through the relevant policies.
But something was missing from the three P’s and we’ve recently realized what that is: play. Students, teachers, administrators, support staff should all feel as excited for Monday morning as they do for Friday afternoon. Wouldn’t it be great to hear the words “I can’t believe this is school!” more often from educators and students?
Let’s be clear about what we mean when we say “play”. We do mean having fun and being excited. We also mean being filled with a sense of awe and wonder. We mean that when the bell rings, everyone is disappointed because they don’t want the learning to end. If our classrooms are filled with purposeful joy, we’ve won. Playing in an escape room is great, but how do we make sure there is a defined purpose behind that play?