What’s the Draw?

I often spend my Sunday mornings reflecting on the week just passed, and this week was no exception. Last week, I had a chance to join education innovators from @ABQschools in an @MagnetSchlsMSA workshop facilitated by @NewLeefLLC. It was a lucky draw for me, but what’s the draw for you?

A year earlier @ABQschools teachers at #Garfield Middle School were engaged in describing the “magnetic draw” that might lead families and children to the school. In that thinking draw was a noun—a brand identifier if you will. It was a thing we wanted to identify so that we could draw their experiment up to scale.

Now that @ABQschools has a chance to take that experiment up to scale, I got a chance to watch teachers and leaders draw on their own visions and experiences, and then draw their own thoughts out on paper as a way of drawing their own conclusions. As I reflect on that, I can’t help thinking about the @sethgodin book What to do when it’s your turn [and its always your turn].

Draw isn’t a thing we’re trying to articulate; it’s an activity we want more learners to experience.
When we’re drawn to some thing because it’s a draw, the power is in that thing, not us. It may be engaging and it may go to scale (1+n), but as soon as we add that n—drawn—we lose a lot of our agency. Drawn is a passive verb. Moths are drawn to a flame. Think about what happens when they are!

When I draw a card, draw from a well, draw a picture, or draw a conclusion, I’m the one doing some thing. Even if other people are doing the same thing around me, they’re still the one’s doing it (and in truth, they’re each probably doing it a little differently than I am.] Alone or together though, we’re not just engaged—drawn in—but empowered.

So now the picture I’m drawing in my own mind—for which I am #unpreparedyetlearning—is not about the kind of school that would generate a magnetic draw, but more about the kind of learners who could draw such a school, together.

I saw some of those at our workshop, but let’s not worry whether your draw(n) to them. Instead what kind of school do you want to draw with your young and adult learners?

I’d love to see you draw that. Grab your keyboard, and draw your own conclusions here!

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