Pause for thought
Posted September 22, 2016on:
I spotted this while trying to find a cafe in Tiong Bahru.
The tagline “Thoughtful Innovations for Thoughtful Experiences” was on the wall of what looked like a condominium construction site. I had to take the photo from the side as someone thoughtlessly left scaffolding in front of the word “experiences”.
It was an unusual slogan for a construction site. I would have expected to see it on the website or wall of a teaching and learning centre of a university, an edtech startup, a progressively-missioned school, or even our own Ministry of Education.
Even though the phrase was not suitable for a construction site, it was suitable for reflection. For example, when providing conditions for learning:
- Who or what are our innovations for?
- How thoughtful are our innovations? How well researched are they?
- How much do we identify with the problems and perspectives of learners?
I doubt that the construction workers think about the tagline as they sweat under our sun. But if we see ourselves as progressive educators, “Thoughtful Innovations for Thoughtful Experiences” could be a mantra to remind ourselves of what is important.