radical candor

Care personally 

Challenge directly 

I’ve been thinking about this chart a lot lately. 

Really, I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions about this chart and how it relates to my role as a TOSA. What does this look like in all interactions: 

  • as a colleague across the district?
  • as a liaison to district office staff?
  • as support personnel to site administrative staff?
  • as an ambassador to parents?
  • as a classroom teacher?

That sweet spot in the upper, right corner of the chart (“radical candor”) is crucial, in all aspects of education. But, what does that look like? 

too much

The perfect lesson plan. The perfect unit. The perfect curriculum...all perfectly executed. 

Bad news: it will never happen. 

Why? Because things get lost in the process.

I’m not saying that perfection is a bad thing. It’s simply a ridiculously high metric to hit. 

Why not aim for efficiency? Why not aim for beauty? See, there’s so many yardsticks that can be nebulous (at best) when one tries to define what these objectives actually mean.  

Aiming high is a good strategy, but there is a fine line between striving for perfection and just doing good work. 

If one only strives for perfection, what gets lost in the process? Why not just breaking things, and examine what was learned in the process? 

If everything is perfect, you’re doing it wrong. 

Too much perfection is a mistake 


I’ve been thinking about last week’s LEAD3 Symposium. Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were filled with learning, both in the sessions on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Park Central Hotel.

Learning also happened in first floor lounge, as well as the lobby. The Park Central Hotel in San Francisco (formerly the Westin) is a big place. And, I’ve got lots of big thoughts...trying to distill those into a few, concise takeaways. 

Tonight’s #tosachat made me realize that I need to prioritize these takeaways. Maybe the 4D method will help...

what’s the reward?

Love the sentiment behind this poster. 

The reward is the process. 

Years ago, when I was learning printing techniques, one of my professors told me to "trust the process." 

Pretty sure there are some analogies to teaching and learning in the digital classroom in both of those statements about the process. 

*image & print by analog research lab

Did you know facebook has a print shop? What started in Palo Alto as a space for artists and employees to practice analog print and design has grown to other facebook outposts. This picture is from a recent pop-up MakerSpace in Dublin, Ireland.