They looked at me puzzled today when I shared I wanted to reorganize our writing tools by color. I shared I thought it would improve our illustrative work and help us make better decisions. They still looked puzzled at me. I mentioned it could be hard trying to find a specific color in a container of crayons and they didn't seem to think that was harder. I tried to think quickly from their point of view and realized that's all they knew. I containers with lots of crayons and they've always just searched through for the color they wanted. I realized I needed to think quickly to show them a new way or reasons for my thinking and to get their buy in. I grabbed a handful of purple crayons and showed them the range of shades.
I did some thinking out loud.
I have five purple crayons.
They all aren't the same color.
If I wanted to draw spring flowers, I'd pick this light shade of purple.
If I wanted to show anger, I'd choose this very dark purple.
Then the puzzled faces turned to heads nodding yes and smiles.
I can't wait to see how our illustrative work changes and conference over their decision making.