Why is “innovation” so crucial in education? What impact do you see it having on our students and ourselves long term?
An administrator prompted his faculty to reflect in a meeting one day, "Remember, you choose to be here, you choose this profession." As educators, we must rememebr what drew us to this profession to begin with, and what keeps us going each day! Being involved in a forrum like this is a great opportunity to remind ourselves why we entered education in the first place. At the very heart of every great teacher there is a student yearning to learn and to be the best they can be; seeking to continue on a path of growth. Understanding how to embrase a mindset of innovation will enable us to ascend into higher levels of achievement which equates to student engagement and success. George reminds us that the best lessons are those which we model. Actions speak louder than words, and believe me our students listen with their eyes so much more than with their ears.
How can we expect our students to take a chance if we never do? How can we expect our students to embrase an innovators mindset if they do not know what it is. We will send a message to our student that learning from faiure is essential to learning in general. Seth Godin inspires us to accept failure as part of the learning process and to eliminate the negaitve connoation associated with a necessary step; for we only truly fail if we stop trying.