“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” — Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company
CFG work shifts perspective.
Possibly the greatest advantage of working within a Critical Friends Group community is the opportunity to see our problems from other people’s perspectives. Our dilemmas continue because we keep trying what we already know to try — “what we’ve always done” — and so we get “what we’ve always got” which is NOT a solution.
So when we purposefully shift gears (pardon the automotive pun) and present our troubles during a Dilemma Protocol within a Critical Friends Group meeting, we temporarily move out of the driver’s seat (I’ll stop now, I promise) and listen to our colleagues’ ideas about looking at the dilemma differently and/or considerations that hadn’t occurred to us. The new perspectives generally give us multiple possible directions toward resolution of the problem.
If you’ve ever participated in a CFG or even used an NSRF protocol in a meeting or perhaps in a university class, then you know what I’m talking about.
Maybe it’s time for you to learn how this all really works
Multiple times a year, NSRF hosts “open” trainings for individuals interested in becoming a CFG coach, whether or not Critical Friends Group work is already active in your work environment. Even as a solo practitioner, you can learn a lot to help improve your practice, to support the students with whom you work, and, to the extent that you can use it with your colleagues, to begin transforming your workplace culture. And if you have colleagues who are already trained, isn’t it time you caught up with them?
Open trainings are also great for “test driving” the work
(I know I said I’d stop: sorry, but the metaphor was too perfect.)
If you’re a school administrator who’s considering bringing CFG work to your school, but want to try it for yourself first, an open training is practically designed for you. In open trainings, administrators can find help with your own thorny problems that you cannot reveal to your staff, and you can hear about the sorts of dilemmas and problems that classroom educators do not want their administrators knowing about (until they have a solution). So you’ll leave the training not only with great tools for your own use, but also a visceral understanding of the value of CFG work for your staff.
You have questions? We have answers!
Send us an email or give us a call at 812-330-2702. We’d love to meet you in person, so we’re happy to give you the information you need to help you make your decision.