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This fall, the 21st Century Learning department is exploring the idea of a Results Only Work Environment (R.O.W.E.) and discussing our work habits and productivity. Why? Our goal is to improve the lives of students and their families, building our students’ agency. How? We aim to do that by creating opportunities for students through flexible and personalized learning. What do we make? Hybrid courses. (TOH to Simon Sinek).
One of my key takeaways so far is that the authors, in the development of the Results Only Work Environment learned that the precision of vocabulary when referring to key concepts really matters. For example, the authors used the term Sludge to identify negative talk that was used, often subconsciously, to work against the new work protocols. However, they found that more specific types or instances of Sludge actually were more frequently identified, called out and dealt with when they taught specific vocabulary words corresponding to the different types.
In the 21st Century Learning department, we are supporting flexible and personalized learning experiences and environments, and we need to analyze the tenets found in them, and attach specific language to those tenets to be able to articulate them to ourselves and others. Since we are often working with new pedagogical approaches and in innovative learning environments, we need to commit to develop and practice the new vocabulary that will help these ways become memorable and portable for others in the organization. Vocabulary becomes a tool to enhance productivity.
How does the need for a common vocabulary present itself in your work?