The topic of culture hacking has floated around in my thoughts and the blogosphere lately: I blogged previously about the E-Kudos Project Mr. B and I were interested in. Unfortunately, the screens are not up and running yet, so that must be jumpstarted first. Also, Ms. D has begun a culture hack on smiling to everyone. Now, I have another idea generated from something Mr. B was talking to me about.
What if an announcement was made that the lunchroom was going to be positively segregated? Before you freak out, let me explain. Students and teachers would be asked to sit at certain tables according to their shirt color, for example. This would force (for want of a better word) people who wouldn’t normally see each other, to talk together. It would provide an opportunity for teachers and students to get to know each other better, as well as foster convo between students from different grades. But, the randomization and inclusion of teachers will prevent it from becoming too much like a dating service! Who knows, you might just find that you and senior have a lot of similar interests, or that, contrary to some negative perceptions, a teacher you never knew is more than willing to lend you a helping hand.