HACKS

Andreas Reeg https://www.andreasreeg.com

HACKS

Why?

There are many inspiring examples today of how school and learning are being reinvented, but each school must find its own path.

Big ideas often encounter a lot of resistance: the task seems too complex, too threatening, too risky.

That is why we suggest starting with hacks, small experiments on a limited scale (e.g. a class) and time frame (e.g. a few days or weeks) to try out how school and learning can be done differently. 

How? The Hack Mentality

FOCUS ON
ACTION

Do not discuss for a long time just do it

LEARN FROM FAILURE

Accept mistakes as an opportunity for improvement

THINK BIG, START SMALL

In the first step keep the time span short and the team small

The idea of quickly getting started
doing small things (hacking) is very good

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, VOCATIONAL SCHOOL

CASE
STUDY

Hacking a new feedback culture

A team of 4 engaged teachers was intrigued to strengthen the feedback culture in their high school for long: students arriving in 11th from from very diverse school types perceived the new environment very different – giving them an opportunity for feedback would help to reflect on their impressions and experiences and allow co-creation and shape their own way of learning.

In the Resonance phase the team found out that their colleagues were open to the topic but were concerned about how their need for feedback could be covered without too much work. The brainstorming-phase uncovered so many possibilities and tools! And all of a sudden the answer was: let’s combine them into a self-built-modular system where teachers easily choose the questions they WANTED feedback on.

Said and done: the tool and a great pool of questions to chose from was build quickly without too much effort. Instantly 12 teaches started using it with great success: students were grateful to be asked and for the possibility to participate in how learning will develop. And even better: teachers receive quite a lot of positive feedback giving them the confidence of doing a great job! They talk about it and inspire others to try it out as well. So even the school’s management got inspired to be given feedback by colleagues with the tool. 

Looking into the scaling phase the tool now will be more adjusted to the school’s needs.