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What Is Best For This Learner?

The process of reading The Innovator’s Mindset has already been thought provoking.  The #IMMOOC has led me to think a great deal about innovation and what it can do in the classroom.  Chapter One asks me to start with a question, “What is best for this learner?”learner  If innovation is an “evolution that makes things better for the student-learner” than we have to think about the learner.

The problem with any practice is that we want to do what we have always done.  It is comfortable, it is easy, we feel successful we have handouts – the excuses can continue for ever – but if we really want to be innovative, we have to think about the leaner.  How will the time in our classroom change this learners future?

We need to think differently, teach differently.  Let’s design an educational system that takes the leaner’s interest in mind.  If change is constant, what are we doing to help our learners prepare for change?  We know we are preparing students for jobs that are not currently created, but are we really doing anything about it?

Deep thoughts for a Friday night!  Off to watch a high school football game!


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Innovation Coach

Today starts the beginning of a journey.  I’m focusing on building my skills as an “Innovation Coach.”  Over the past year I dove head first into reading research on learning, both for our students and adults and how that should look in our schools.  Today I’m entering my third MOOC  (Massive Open Online Course) While this isn’t my first MOOC, it is the largest, with thousands of people focusing on learning one thing.

How do we develop an Innovator’s Mindset?  I mean, it is not about just about consumption or memorization, but instead about problem solving and creating.  Our students deserve better, and from my point of view, as a coach, our teacher’s deserve better.

So today – the experience starts!


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#IMOOC #InnovatorsMindset

Inspiring Innovators

I’ve joined a MOOC to read and study the book, The Innovator’s Mindset.  I’ve joined in a MOOC before, and have found the experience rewarding.  You can sign up and join us here if you are interested.

The first question we’ve been asked is why do we think education should become more innovative.  I wonder why it isn’t.  I mean the entire purpose of education is to help us make better sense of the world around us, to help us create better, live better, find, explore, thrive – so when did innovation leave education?

More to ponder on that subject!!

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This week in research

I will admit that I’m a huge reader.  I enjoy reading just about anything.  My current research focuses on developing innovation and providing creative outlets for students.   Tinnovationhis week I’ve been reading, focusing on and pondering this this article from The International Journal of Innovation Science.

The article states that “it is possible to be creative without being innovative. (171)”  I’m curious what others think about this quote.  I admit I’m focusing on just a few words in one article, but I have to wonder if I’ve taught creative lessons that have not helped students build those talents they need for innovation.
Stauffer, Dennis. “A Proposed General Theory of Innovation and Innovativeness.” International Journal of Innovation Science. N.p., Sept. 2015. Web. 9 Sept. 2016.

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Inspiring Innovators

Today starts a new but familiar journey. Building innovative students means we need to support teachers as they embark on this journey.  This blog will focus on innovative lessons, research and my thoughts as we work to build innovators. #IMMOOC