I still remember the first time my British born and raised husband made me the traditional English dish of bubble and squeak. Bubble and squeak is a fairly routine meal in English households. It is basically throwing leftovers and whatever is in the fridge together in a pan with, you guessed it, potatoes! It’s basic, but delicious!
Because the part three readings and #IMMMOOC live sessions (how lucky that we got two) have left me with lots in the fridge and so much to talk about, I have decide to serve up #IMMOOC bubble and squeak for this week’s blog post.
Here are a few ingredients that I reflected on this week. Bon appétit!
Start with Strengths
Strengths based leadership makes so much sense to me. People naturally want to discuss and do what they feel successful at. When I look at what I do in my role as a student services teacher, I always start with what my students are good at and move on from there. As mentioned this week, this helps to build confidence and competence, but also builds a positive relationship where they feel valued, appreciated and can trust that it is safe to throw themselves out there and take risks. For these reasons, I think we must tap into strengths and passions first.
Model the learning process
This idea really made me reflect. So often we see fantastic work that others have done. Because too often the process is not shared, it can seem that their achievement was effortless. This idea encouraged me to share my process of sketchnoting with another #IMMOOCer that expressed a wish to be able to sketchnote herself. I think sharing our processes more often will encourage others to take risks and try new things.
I think we have become a world that bubble wraps our children as opposed to teaching safety and survival skills. I am calling this ingredient unlock it, unblock it and teach because I think that’s what we need to do. Just as we should be teaching our children things like stranger danger before letting them walk to and from school, we should also be teaching them about responsible and safe technology use. I feel that as parents, my husband and I have already started working on this with our daughter who spends a fair amount of time connected to the worldwide web.
Some parents may view it as lazy or irresponsible that we don’t have parental controls set up on our daughter’s devices, but this is actually somewhat deliberate on our part. Instead of bubble wrapping her, we are teaching her responsible and safe internet use, and she is learning about her digital footprint. She knows not to share personal details online and is learning proper FaceTime etiquette. She also watches a fair bit of Netflix and understands program ratings. She knows that she has free reign to watch any movie rated G for general, but that all other ratings require parent permission. I also think that unlock it, unblock it and teach is important in building trust. The fact that she demonstrates she can follow these rules, builds trust between her and us and demonstrates responsibility. It is really about finding a balance between risk and reward. When I think of everything my daughter has experienced and learned, it is obvious that the reward in this case is bigger!
Less is more
I found it encouraging to hear/read all of the talk about less is more. I think we live in an information age where there is so much to take in and quite often instead of going deep we go wide and only scratch the surface of everything we take on. The less is more approach to learning is a hard one for me to settle into. Whenever I pass up the chance to attend a great learning event I have severe FOMO (fear of missing out). This year, I am going to make a conscious effort to focus on a few learning opportunities and really dive deep into them. I’m going to make more of an effort to put the ideas and strategies I learn into practice and reflect before, during and after.
Be the fountain, not the drain
Fountains are calming and inviting, drains suck dry! So how do we be the fountain? I can think of many fountainous (not a word, but it is now) people I have encountered. When I reflect on what has made them so calm and inviting, it seems they all are, or do the following:
- give compliments (specific ones like “I like how you…”).
- are full of positive energy.
- ask people about their interests and demonstrate a genuine interest to know more (I can hear and see my Aunty Cheryl here, “Tell me more!” as she takes notes in the notepad she always carries in her purse).
- provide lots of encouragement.
- never make people feel inferior or like they have less to offer.
- are vulnerable and take risks.
- share what they know with a genuine interest in helping to improve things for others (competitive collaboration vs only wanting to showcase what THEY can do).
- are open-minded.
- are constantly trying new things.
- are transparent (there is no guessing their motives or who they are, which builds a sense of trust).
So there you have it! Thanks for trying my #IMMOOC bubble and squeak. I hope that it was tasty!