What if is about possibilities. Its about free thinking and not being boxed in by preconceptions. Its about and, and, and more and, about extending ideas, not being limited, but being creative and open and generative.
What if is the opposite of Yeah But.
Instead of looking at why things can’t be, look at why they can. What if gives you permission to dream a little, step out of your comfort zone, and see connections where you couldn’t, and wouldn’t, see them before.
Now is a time when global connectivity, technology,and new approaches and understandings about education are emerging and should be a focus of many. It is a time of exponential possibilitiy, of what could be, and should be. But at least in the States, we’re headed in a different direction, down a different path, towards a limited, narrow world that has at its foundation misguided legislative mandates that ultimately create a climate of fear, failure, and prescriptive education.
On top of all of this, we’re conditioned to see why things won’t work, aren’t we? How many in your organization consciously look to find why something won’t work, and who find their passion by shutting down yours? All organizations have them, the yahbutters…
So, to get you thinking in a different direction, here’s a few What ifs…
What if tatoos were medical patches?
What if cigarette boxes actually helped save lives?
What if 2D became 3D?
What if restaurants were trucks?
What if PlayDoh, Silly Putty, Tinkertoys and the 128 crayon box (with the sharpener) were the school supplies?
What if fruit was scan-able?
What if ideas were bigger than 140 characters?
What if walls were writeable?
What if you could check out a rabbit? (heard at Reimagine Ed this weekend)
What if beef jerky was potato chips?
What if you played Monopoly not on a board but used a city for the board?
What if there was no student-teacher relationship, just learners?
What if educators work focused on learning and not teaching?
Changing the language of interaction is a step towards developing a language that can support change and improvement. When you encounter an idea, why not add to it? And when that idea needs help, why not help? Honor the person and the risk it took to communicate the idea by redirecting, adding to, tweeking, or refocusing the idea into something more productive.
What if you helped to build ideas rather than tear them down?