When meeting as a Critical Friends Group (CFG) it is essential to surface assumptions. Assumptions about the work, about each other. Assumptions about learning and the learners. Last July in Alpharetta, GA we started our 5 day institute experience by exploring our working assumptions for the following days.
- Our work products are better when we collaborate.
- Protocols offer equity in voice as well as efficiency.
- All 3 jobs: participant, presenter and facilitator require practise in order to improve.
- Creating and sustaining collaborative cultures is rigorous and intentional
At times when dialogue is stunted or a group is stuck it may be entirely necessary to voice your assumption in order to move beyond a hump. When it is time for the facilitator to allow time for Q and A it is important to understand that Q and A stands for Questions and Assumptions. If we had the answers we wouldn’t have the questions. Coming together “beyond the place of right and wrong” makes for rich and fertile learning ground. Rumi continued “there is a field, meet me there.” At the heart of the CFG is equity of learning for presenter, facilitator and participant in a place where we can see things together.
This poster was hanging in the space that we were using in the media centre of Alpharetta High School. Apropos of our CFG work I thought. You?