What does that mean, exactly? Just what it sounds like. After a brief presentation on a current school initiative (by coincidence only, the topic was wellness), the principal explained that the staff should divide into subject level teams. He instructed the staff to discuss how to implement certain new aspects of the new National Curriculum in their courses. And then he told them to go outside and walk while they did it. The expectation for the teachers was to discuss the issues and be prepared to share their ideas at a subsequent meeting.
The idea of walking meetings brings up a whole new set of questions in my mind. (I'm learning this is quite a hazard in the world of research. Studying one thing invariably leads to more questions. I. Must. Focus.) Does improved wellness improve job satisfaction...job productivity? Do walking meetings lead to increased innovation? Are staff members more or less motivated to stay on task during walking meetings? How are staff held accountable?
Questions aside, I can tell you one thing definitively. It was a beautiful day for a walk.
So tell me your thoughts:
Would you like the idea of implementing walking meetings into your work life? What benefits would come from this format? What drawbacks?