As teachers, we spend most of our time in the island that is our classroom... with just ourselves and our students. I believe that one of the biggest tasks at schools is to unify a school by bridging our classroom experiences and taking down our walls that separate us. One way that a lot of schools do this is to celebrate classroom successes, which I believe is a great start. However, that can be an intimidating experience leading to self-doubt, especially if our own failures are freshest on our mind (a trait I find common among many of us as we are ever focused on improvement). While our successes might be public, our failures are often not.
I think we need to start with ourselves to truly start embracing failures and fostering a growth mindset. At each meeting, it would be great to open the space with one or two people sharing out the following:
1. What we tried
2. What didn't work
3. Celebrate the failure as a group with applause/snaps/etc.
4. Ask for feedback/what others would have done in that space
5. Share what we did and what we are changing moving forward
I think this would be a humanizing start to meetings, breaking the ice, and easing everyone's individual thoughts on their own failures for the day- turning those instead into a bonding experience. Of course, this would need to happen within an established community of trust, but I also think activities like this help to establish that type of community. I also think administrators should set the example by leading in sharing failures the first couple of meetings.