Two great comments by Dr. Rod King contributed two overwhelming comments that rocked my intention to prioritize this post.
The pollination metaphor
I find a great analogy between the pollination of flowers and the “pollination of students and teachers”. The flowers need the bees and other insects to pollinate them. They do their best to attract the favorable insect by:
- Having different types of flowers-, not all bees are alike. Each type of bees may prefer one type of flowers
- Having flowers with various colors-, not all bees favor the same color. Bees help insects to find them by having “nectar guides” that serve as guides enabling the favorable insects to find them.
- Having seasonality of flowers- so that pollinating insects may find their target unceasing supply of pollen and nectar
- Having high reachability- it is not enough to have the pollen and nectar if their reachability is difficult. Bees with long tongues prefer deep nutrients whereas some bees prefer easily accessible nutrients
- Having appealing fragrances to catch the attention of the pollinating insects.
- Providing a resting place nearby so that the insects may stay in the neighborhood.
- Having the appropriate climate to produce nectar and pollen
The drinking horse metaphor
I offered this metaphor in my previous post. You can take a horse to water, but you cannot force it to drink it. The challenge is to make the horse thirsty to drink the water. In the teaching context, it is how to make teachers and students wish to be thirsty to drink the new knowledge, the new teaching technologies, and the new media challenge and abandon the old ones.
The relevance of the bee metaphor to teaching, coaching, and training
What applies to this metaphor is extensible to the horse metaphor.
People resist change and resist it more if they find that they are changing by force. These are pains for them. Ideally, we want teachers to want to pollinate the students with the new knowledge. Bees do it voluntarily. Students and trainees mostly shall not.
The flowers of the new knowledge and technology are available and they have the nectar and pollen that feed the minds of teachers and students. We want the nectar of new knowledge and technology to be reachable in various colors and in a healthy environment. We want the flowers of new knowledge to be appealing. We need a resting place and recreation facilities to attract teachers and students. We want the maximum delight to carry the pollens and nectar and pollinate other teaching staff and students with them. We want to fill the holes of knowledge successfully.
Thinking broadly about these needs we find that we want the maximum delight with the minimum pain so that pollination can be successful. The higher the delight over pain ratio the greater is the desire for pollination.
The beauty of the Fractal Grid that Dr. Rod King invented is that it answers all the above needs in one page. Just inspect the fractal grid. It has a place for maximizing delight and another place for reducing pain and its sources. The fractal grid addresses the need for a healthy environment so that pollination may happen (or a horse as the grid shows). It has an output for the pollination of minds and their value-added.
It is my hope that this post makes teaching more appealing for teachers, coaches and trainers, and their trainees.