During the Interpret workshop earlier this week, Carolyn and I were discussing these concepts and a seedling of this idea came to mind: What if there was a grading system, but for innovation skills? And what if it wasn't about passing or failing, or perfection equaling success, but instead meant to motivate risk-taking? Additionally, what if it was for teachers, as well as schools?
I'm imagining a scale or metering system, where each time a teacher or school dares to design or innovate a new idea, they and other teachers at their school can gauge a variety of factors such as:
• How willing to fail were they when attempting their new idea?
• How curious they are to continue moving the idea forward after the first iteration, no matter its initial level of success?
• How much the idea, experiment, or attempt at innovation improved their creative confidence?
Maybe it's on a scale of 1 to 10, or red to green, or seed emoji to tree emoji. The goal would be for attempts at innovation to feel like fun learning experiences.
Regarding scalability, schools could then establish and share their own "scores" externally. This could be done by aggregating teacher "scores" or simply deciding as an internal group what their school "score" is. The system would be easy to scale on a school-by-school basis and could be adapted according to what scale works best for the school.
A system for sharing the scores more broadly would require the right form of community and would be a bit more tricky to figure out. Possibly a Google+ community would be the right way for schools to connect, where teachers represent their schools by sharing their monthly/annual stories, "scores", and results.