February 7,  2020

Innovative Education

Each EmpowerED 3.2.1 features a brief summary of my musings about and learning from multiple disciplines as they apply to leadership in education.

 

3 Big Ideas

  1. We are preparing students for futures and jobs that don’t exist today. I believe that if students leave school less curious that when they started, we have failed them. If we want innovative students, we need innovative teachers. Learning and innovation go hand in hand. Innovation is a way of thinking that makes something new and better and can be an invention (something totally new) or an iteration (a change of something that already exists).
    See short clip: “Rubik’s Cube: A question, waiting to be answered.”

     

  2. Innovation often involves technology, but does not begin with technology. Learners who use technology to raise awareness, start conversations, find answers to their questions, join partners, change minds, make a difference, drive change, and take action can innovate. Simply using technology as an electronic worksheet and counting minutes engaged is not!

     

  3. Try. Fail. Learn. Repeat. Are we building resiliency and grit or dependency and scaffolds?
    See short clip: “Girl’s First Ski Jump” in which a young girl demonstrates grit.
    See George Couros’ blog post: “The Innovators Mindset Book.

 


2 Quotes

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who inspire others.”

-Bill Gates

 

“The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient tomorrow.”

-William Pollard

 


1 Question

Would you want to be a learner in your own classroom or a teacher in your school?


About the Author: Marcia Baldanza is also the author of Professional Practices, a Just ASK Senior Consultant. and adjunct professor at Virginia Tech. Until recently she worked for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, where she was an Area Director for School Reform and Accountability; prior to that she was Director of Federal and State Programs.

 

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