The post below was posted by my friend Daniel Richards who is a first-year Principal at Melrose High School in MA. I loved this idea of encouraging risk taking with staff members and think it is the exact mindset we want to instill in our students.
Memo to the MHS Faculty and Staff
Dear Faculty and Staff, Today is the first day of March which kicks off the “Risk Free Month of Teaching”. During the month, teachers are encouraged to explore an exercise, lab, or lesson plan which they have not tried in the past. Research has shown that when a student or teacher takes a risk and attempts to stretch their knowledge, success of the risk is irrelevant. It is the learning process which makes us all grow.
Please take this month to grow your knowledge and strengthen your skills in your content area, pedagogy and/or with technology. The administration will support your efforts in trying something new. Success of your risk taking is not a factor, your effort and attempt is what matters most.
Best of luck and most important of all, have fun trying!