This post's title is not an encouragement to do so. It is what I caught myself doing as I read 60 mind-blowingly positive reviews about Miami Device. Yes, 59.67 of them are some of the most glowing and overwhelmingly affirmative statements I've ever read about a professional development experience. But there is that one-third of a comment that was bugging me.
The commenter expresses that speakers were good at "saying what you shouldn't do, but not how you should do it." This person also pointed out the exact minute into a session a presenter mentioned what was contained in the session's title.
Fast forward to minutes before starting this post... I'm reading George Couros' The Innovator's Mindset, and it clicks!
Examples will be shared, not with the intent to dictate what schools and educators should do, but to provoke thought and inspire you to create your own innovative approach in your practice as an individual and for your organization.
The negative third of that one comment was obviously from a "tell me what to do and I'll repeat" mindset. My hopes are that the person who felt this way about the experience will one day question what and how they think of education and take a nice, deep dig into the message contained in George's book. Summed up, it's a mindset. <facetious target="negative commenter">If you're keeping track, it's the 3rd word in the title.</facetious>
The two-day learning event was never meant to provide a prescription. It never promised to provide a recipe or a "curriculum" for any or all to follow. The majority of responses mentioned how non-tech and pro-philosophical the experience was. So, if anyone is disappointed about coming away from Miami Device without a "how to" list, good. 🙂