In terms of long range planning for a school, I obviously need to swap some terms here. My current endeavors have me thinking of carrying capacity in terms of:
- "what is the current carrying capacity of X" vs.
- "what is the potential carrying capacity of X without changes to an environment" vs.
- "what is the potential carrying capacity of X with changes to an environment"
Below are a few of my recent pondering using a carrying capacity reframe.
- What is the maximum number of initiatives educators can support without detrimental effects to students?
- What is the maximum number of unique Ed-tech platforms/apps/workflows students & educators can support without detrimental effects to learning?
- What is the necessary amount of artifacts/data points/tests/etc. that a student should/can produce in order to demonstrate proficiency without detrimental effects to intrinsic motivation?
- What are we doing that is supporting something other than learning?
- Are we being true to our core values?
- Is an issue rooted in the environment? If so do we have control of that environment?
- Do I have an accurate picture of the current conditions effecting teaching and learning?
- What can, and should, we STOP doing?
- If our current reality indicates that we are at carrying capacity, is that Ok?
- Is a change/program/initiative's focus really on learning, or is it something else?
Give it a shot and let me know what you come up with.