When preparing to meet our school for the 1st time, making a good impression was extremely important to us, after all we were acting as ambassadors of Uppsala University and CEMUS. Thus, we had to find the right mix of professionalism and openness. See how we used Covey's first 3 habits to do this:
Habit 1: Be proactive
Planning is a natural part of a teacher's everyday routine. With this in mind, we decided to 'be proactive' and demonstrate this in our first meeting. We wanted to make a good impression but also begin building trust in the partnership we are creating. Therefore, we created a short but interesting PowerPoint introducing why we want to do this project, who we are, what we want to do and how we plan to do it. It was a useful visual and auditory tool to stimulate discussion with the teachers we hadn't met yet. Take a look:
Habit 2 Begin with the end in mind
Re-thinking with HE(a)D is clear in our minds, but the challenge was making it clear to the school. Our approach made easy for the school to see what we wanted to do, where we wanted to go with this project and how it could fit into the schedule at school. By 'begining with the end in mind', it created trust and allowed us time to discuss the logistics with the teachers.
Habit 3 Put first things first
We also created an information sheet to leave with the teacher. This served as a mini agenda for the meeting but also highlighted some important questions at the outset. We 'put first things first', and had the opportunity to clarify both our expectations, what safety issues there might be and what was needed.
Our next post will describe our experiences of the meeting.