When problem becomes opportunity
Posted January 16, 2015on:
The problem presented in the video was people who would not wait for the light to turn green before they crossed the road. The red man made some of them see red.
A normal reaction would have been to monitor the crossings, enforce rules, and fine offenders. That is the Singapore way.
But instead of dealing with the problem in a conventional way, a group decided to make waiting for the traffic light fun. The problem presented an opportunity for change.
There are lessons from this for educators, school leaders, and administrators.
For example, many teachers still view student mobile devices as problems. They are actually an opportunity. But the solutions that stare them in the face might be obvious, conventional, and not likely to work.
Why not take the opportunity to try something outside the box? Make the change fun, different, and above all, human.