3 Lessons on influence
Our approach to bringing lasting change has been greatly influenced by the concepts explored in Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change (J. Grenny et al, 2013). We thought you might enjoy exploring the framework that shapes our practice. We find it pretty exciting ourselves!
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Personal influence involves two things:
- Helping children love what they hate.
- Helping children do what they can't.
We do this by helping children see how literacy and numeracy connects with a range of life-skills. We also make tailored learning modules that are gamified - in this, children will experience quick tastes of success before moving to more complex tasks. We use the existing strengths of a child as the platform for developing their social and emotional competency.
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Social resource is invaluable and it's where we concentrate our efforts. Social influence involves two things:
- Creating pathways for children to receive encouragement.
- Creating pathways for children to receive assistance.
A key element to 12 Buckets bringing social influence is by supplying children with mentors. There are a raft of other ways we go about this, including the display and profile of individual modules and through our efforts to connect children with a variety of professional and community networks.
We're particularly excited to offer you the opportunity to use our 12 Buckets Supporters App for iPhone!
It's just one more way 12 Buckets will extend the web of support beneath children who need a little extra support in life and learning.
You can download the app for free here at the iTunes store.
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Structural influence also occurs on two levels:
- Building in appropriate and effective incentives.
- Providing a physical space that invites engagement and reinforces learning.
We do this through celebrations, awards and by marking the milestone achievements of children. We also do this through affirming words and positive reinforcement.
We know that the design and layout of a physical space can influence our thinking and decision making. Our community partneship with IKEA has enabled us to create colourful and engaging spaces in which children are mentored. These 12 Buckets rooms are intentionally beautified with photographs and posters that reinforce the messages we want children to embibe.
The short movie below will take you on a tour through our first ever IKEA room refresh. Just make sure you have your tissues ready!
IKEA came to 12 Buckets at Koondoola Primary and left the room like this!!