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I believe I have been innovative as a learner this semester, well I hope I have been. I try to think of new ideas, learn with other people, take in other people’s ideas, and I don’t let obstacles get in the way.
Two fantastic articles about innovation as an educator are called The Unlearning Curve and The Mindset of an Innovator. The first article explains the interesting and somewhat confusing concept of “unlearning.” The second is a quick article basically giving different statements of being an innovator.
My favorite statement from The Mindset of an Innovator is “I recognize that there are obstacles in education, but as an innovator, I will focus on what is possible today and where I can push to lead towards tomorrow.”
My favorite quote from The Unlearning Curve is “We need to unlearn the premise that we know more than our kids, because in many cases, they can now be our teachers as well.”
There are countless other fantastic quotes to keep in mind but for some reason this one stuck with me and made me relate back to it. I highly recommend checking these two articles out, they truly are a great read!
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To me innovation in learning can look like a lot of things. It can be thinking of the best possible way to go about working on something, making ways to jump across obstacles, using the beneficial tools around you to get the job done, and building upon what you already know but not limiting yourself to it.
This semester I have unlearned quite a few things, and not only the information on tests I have already taken. I have unlearned that school work isn’t only paper and pencil essays. I’ve unlearned that there is only one correct way of adding. I’ve unlearned that procrastination means more free time. There are many other things I could say but these are just the few that pop into my head.
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There are several things I think I need to unlearn before coming a teacher. I need to unlearn that there isn’t one way or even the best way to learn. I need to unlearn that I’m always right, I’m sure my kids will prove me wrong quite a few times. I need to unlearn that tests are the best way of assessing. I need to unlearn that adults are more responsible than kids. I need to unlearn that everyone learns at the same speeds.
We need to be more adapt to change especially when it comes to teaching. We also need to be innovators and teach innovation. The world around is forever changing, we shouldn’t just sit back and watch we should change with it.
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