I am now completing my third chapter on George Couros’ book The Innovators Mindset, and it is a truly liberating chapter.
Innovation is a complex idea. I have seen innovation, especially in the last two years as having something to do with the use of technology. What I am learning now is that innovation is all about mindset, technology can only be an assist.
This morning, I asked my wife – a wonderful teacher – ‘do you see yourself as an innovator’? She said no, I don’t use the technology that you do.
My wonderful wife needs to read this book. She is a true innovator. She adapts her methodology to fit the child. She is all about making her students successful. She is truly an innovator.
I think what we need to do is let our courageous teachers know that they can innovate simply by assuming the mindset that failure is not an option.
George also makes a really important point – in an earlier chapter. We are not all about scores. We want our children to be ready for a brand new world. We need our children to be free thinkers with the ability to come up with ideas that have not yet been thought of.
I had a conversation with a supervisor who questioned the concept of digital innovation as there was no proof that this led to higher test scores. This was a really disheartening conversation as I thought it missed the whole point about what innovation is all about.
As a wonderful solace, I was offered an article by Dean Shareski. If you are getting discouraged, read this.
It’s not about the scores, it is about creating new learners. Teachers with an innovative mindset can do this. Lets encourage the innovators and support them in the brave work that they are doing.