Here are some rules I strive to follow when writing or altering curriculum for facilitators, trainers, or teachers.
- The most credible brain behind my curriculum is educational neuroscience. The heart is the integrity of the Facilitator.
- Just because a something makes sense doesn't mean it's true.
- Just because something catches my ear or is dramatic does not mean it is true.
- Never write new curriculum just because I like it. Write it based on having the most memorable, relatable, and implementable version of the topic I can create for the intended audience.
- Never change existing curriculum just because I don't like it due to familiarity or lack of understanding.
- It is okay if I as the Facilitator do not consistently use a concept or find value in it as long as I believe that others can, but it is always a more powerfully integrated platform from which to facilitate when I do actively use what I teach.
- New curriculum: Test it live, test it live again, and let other facilitators do the same before making final decisions.
- What I write is best when it is doable by many facilitators, not just me.
- Common sense is often at odds with common science. Common science, although less popular with 'fast-and-easy' thinking, wins in the long term.
- Everyone's a critic, but rare is the creator, and even more rare is the appreciation of creative talent. Respect creative work with benefit of doubt.
Kenny says "Keep the fire, baby!"