Having a set of norms—or ground rules—that a group follows encourages behaviours that will help a group do its work and discourages behaviours that interfere with a group’s effectiveness. This list is always under revision as we continue to reflect on our experiences and look forward to our next opportunities.

  • Be Fully Present: put 100% of your focus on the task at hand and sequence to tasks in a row, as opposed to splitting your focus on many tasks simultaneously. (put the device away:)
  • Adopt a beginner’s mindset: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” Suzuki, Shunryu
  • Embrace Radical Collaboration: Lean in, take risks, get creative, embrace discomfort and have an awareness of your role in creating an engaging atmosphere.
  • Bring a Creative Commons Mindset: All of the work is all of our work. Through sharing, eliciting and providing feedback to each other and exhibiting what we’ve created our work will be exponentially better.
  • Make Learning Visible: “Making a process visible makes a practice reflect-able” ~ John Maeda.

A good resource to learn more, including and a process for collaborating developing group norms as a class, or staff can be found here: https://learningforward.org/docs/tools-for-learning-schools/tools8-99.pdf?sfvrsn=2