I thought I would start this post off first by explaining what exactly innovation is. Innovation is defined as a new method,idea, product, etc. So what it means to be innovative is introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking.
As a learner during this class I think I have been very innovative. This class fosters innovation and really gets those ideas flowing! I have thought about every day things in a new light, gotten new ideas for the classroom, and expressed myself in ways that I would not have thought about prior to this class.
I am made a better student and educator through discovering new innovative ways to do things.
Innovation can be found all over the place. George, from the Mindset of Innovation, stated that, “…we are dropping the word “digital” off of many terms (digital leadership, digital citizenships, etc.) because it is becoming invisible and just implied…” People are always creating new things or rethinking old ideas into a new light.
For instance, something I see all of the time in the elementary classroom is the use of classic stories retold from someone elses perspective. The Three Little Pigs has been retold from the wolfs perspective or Goldie Locks and the Three Bears have been told from the bears perspective and has even been reworked with different characters.
Technology is also something else that relies on innovation. Without innovative people we would never progress in technology. We would always be stuck in the same rut with the same old stuff.
Before reading the “Unlearning Curve” I had not realized things that I have unlearned during my education to become an educator. I have unlearned that the teacher is the only educator in the room. I am constantly amazed by the amount of knowledge that the students bring into the classroom.
I learn just as much if not more from students than they do from me. I have unlearned that school is an 8-4 job. Teaching and learning should be constant parts of a persons life, not something that they do in a brief window of time.
As I am sitting here trying to think of all of the things I have unlearned, I am finding it difficult to think of things. I have become so accustomed in the way I was taught to teach that it is hard to pick out the things that I have been untaught.
Something that is very easy for me to name off is the things that I still have to learn about both teaching and learning. I could stand to learn so much more! I want to know all I can about teaching and learning in order to make me the best educator I can be.
I have learned a bunch of really neat tech tools that I will continue to use in the classroom. There are some such as the comic strips that we were taught that I think would be really great in the classroom.
So from here I think that I just continue to keep learning all that I can. I will continue to find new innovative ways to teach and keep myself current on new practices and tools to use. You never stop learning and I plan to learn as much as I am teaching.