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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #185

Welcome to your Friday newsletter - a highly curated set of provocations and ideas to explore every w
The Dialogic Learning Weekly
The Dialogic Learning Weekly #185
By Tom Barrett • Issue #185 • View online
Welcome to your Friday newsletter - a highly curated set of provocations and ideas to explore every week. Thanks for joining me. We are still in Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne, and so this is another letter from lockdown. I hope you are safe and well, wherever in the world you are.

The 7Ps Planning Framework
This is one of my favourite set of ideas to use when I am designing, planning or mapping out new projects.
I originally came across the framework in Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers.
I tend to use this as a great starting point for mapping out my initials ideas on a project and then I dig deeper into each one. It can be used for meetings or workshops, as well as larger projects or developments.
  1. Purpose - why are we doing this?
  2. People - who needs to be involved?
  3. Process - what steps do we need to design?
  4. Product - what artefacts are we creating?
  5. Pitfalls - what might go wrong?
  6. Preparation - what do we need to get ready?
  7. Practical Concerns - any logistical concerns to focus on?
I made this but the original framework was designed by James Macanufo
I made this but the original framework was designed by James Macanufo
Worthy contenders for the eighth and ninth spot are Platform - where are you collaborating? (very important at the moment) and Pace - what speed setting is most appropriate?
This is all stuff you know, but it is always nice to have a handy template and framework that brings it all together.
If you are faithful subscriber, give me a shout on the emails if you want me to rustle up a printer friendly PDF outline for you.
What blocks your creativity?
I am creating lots of online courses at the moment (more on that in future issues), and one of the areas I am exploring are the blocks to creativity. With a little help from James Adams and Conceptual Blockbusting the emotional blocks might look like this:
Emotional Blocks to Creativity - adapted from Adams (1974)
Emotional Blocks to Creativity - adapted from Adams (1974)
Here are six questions to help you reflect on the conditions for creativity and their potential impact. Take a moment, take a breath. Consider each one and how you might make some changes.
  1. How comfortable are you with the ambiguity that comes with change? 
  2. How comfortable are you with sharing incomplete ideas or taking risks
  3. What strategies help you to remain focused + engaged with creative work? 
  4. How much time do you intentionally dedicate to reflect and develop ideas? 
  5. What tactics help you to generate and share ideas with other people? 
  6. Do you allow yourself to slow down enough to reflect and explore new solutions? 
It is worth noting that although we can increase our awareness of the conditions we can control, some of these may well be defined or controlled by others. This might be at a team, organisation or even an industry level.
Your Talking Point
Which question (and block) was the most provocative?
Hexagonal Thinking Design
St Paul Lutheran School in Adelaide is a primary school I have been working with for over a year. In fact, this week we celebrated our first anniversary, a great milestone for our professional partnership.
During my professional learning sessions with teachers this week, we continued exploring the SOLO Taxonomy as a language of learning. One area we focused on was how to design a short hexagonal thinking routine.
This great thinking routine gives us some clear indications about learning growth as students connect ideas on hexagons and articulate the links between what they understand.
I created a little planning template to help with the design of this thinking routine, explore the various options and to identify the key ideas or connections we might expect to see.
Drop me an email if you are interested in a PDF
Drop me an email if you are interested in a PDF
You will also spot the link to the SOLO Taxonomy which we think is a powerful and rigorous way to make meaning from what you observe.
If you are interested in getting access to a PDF copy of this template (for subscribers only), hit reply and send me a nice message to keep me going through lockdown.
A reminder to download our Quick Guide to the SOLO Taxonomy which I shared last week. Join over 200 others who have already grabbed a copy.
Enjoy your weekend and thanks for taking the time to explore this issue. I hope you can make good use of the ideas and resources I have shared.
Let me know what resonates.
In dialogue we trust.
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Tom Barrett

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