"Teachers must embrace the same message we give to students: Learning is about taking risks, trying, failing, and improving."
In his article The Challenge of Change, Harvard’s Zachary Herrmann says “Every time we find a gap between our values and our practice we have an opportunity to reflect and ask, ‘Why?’ What is really getting in the way? As leaders, are we creating environments that make others feel safe to take responsible risks? As teachers, how ready are we to feel incompetent in service of our own learning and growth?"
At CPET, we use the 5 Whys protocol when we want to get below the surface of whatever is standing in our way. We start with a statement -- in this case it could be: I don’t want to share how I feel about my classroom. Then we begin to ask, “Why?”
This protocol is a simple one that can help us address our fears, connect with ourselves, teams, and students. The process of questioning keeps our minds moving instead of freezing up with fear, and after our need is expressed we can consider how we want to meet it, by ourselves or with support from others.