Polarity Management™. Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems Presenter: Carolyn McKanders, M.A., M.S.W. Co-director, Center for Adaptive Schools. Outcomes. Understand polarities Awareness of how managing polarities can support your work Intrigue to want to learn more.
Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems
Presenter: Carolyn McKanders, M.A., M.S.W.
Co-director, Center for Adaptive Schools
Think of a time when you had a similar dilemma…
where you had to simultaneously hold two seemingly opposing ideas to create a positive outcome.
GARMSTON AND WELLMAN ON CONFLICTThe Adaptive School: Developing Collaborative Groups (2009)
“A community of diverse
elements has greater capacity to
adapt and renew itself in a swiftly
changing world. To keep a balance between diversity and wholeness, communities must apply structures
to reduce polarization, to foster communication between diverse
groups, and mechanisms for conflict mediation.”
Polarity Management™ is a model that involves a set of principles and tools for dealing with all polarities in life.
A Polarity (also known as a paradox, dilemma, or conundrum) is an interdependent pair that needs each other over time to create positive results.
Too Little Oxygen
Please with your partner create a summary statement by completing this prompt:
“Here’s what we understand about polarities…”
Parent as Expert and School as Expert
Relationship and Academic Excellence
Individual and Team
School Responsibility and Parent Responsibility
Consistency and Flexibility
Honor native language/culture and learning new languages/cultures
Turn to a partner and complete this stem:
“This is a dilemma for me because . . “
Is this a problem to solve
is it an ongoing polarity we must managewell?
Problems to solve are those with one right answer or two or more right answers that are independent.
Problems to solve can be complex, but they have an endpoint.
Keep either/or thinking and problem-solving strategies.
Self -directed Students
Practice decision making
Worsening of behavior
Complexity - Seeing the Forest and the Trees
Change- Convert resistance to change into a resource
Conflict- Create “Win/ Win” Outcomes
Chronic Issues - Convert chronic issues into sustainable strength
Cross Cultural issues- Celebrate and capitalize on differences