Step 7: Celebration

Discussion questions

1. How should schools and classrooms implement strategies to promote kaizen?
2. What role should teacher's reflections play in provding feedback to their class? To other teachers? To project organizers? To administrators?
3. What would the impact on students be if a project ended by just creasing work without any of the suggestions in this chapter?
4. How could involving students in their own closing be beneficial?
5. How did you do on the assessment on page 220-221?


Socrates said, "the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others." This process of inquiry lies at the heart of kaizen, a Japanese term that means slow, steady improvement. Ongoing improvement is a choice.

If the factors that drive your thought stay the same, you will remain on the same life trajectory. Many people don't exercise this as an active, ongoing choice. A choice you make each and every day, by each and every thought... every action... every decision.
You speak yourself into creation with every word.

"Somehow a project that just sort of fades out does not feel complete and leaves participants wondering what happened. Celebration represents a shared joy, a common achievement, a mutual appreciation of a job completed together."
~ Flattening Classrooms pg. 216