As a lot of our topics have been, this week’s topic was very interesting to learn about. The articles were very good and it left me thinking about a lot of things. Do I have the mindset of an innovator, how can I be an innovator in my classroom, what do I need to unlearn?
In the article by George Couros, I found a lot of things that he said about innovation that I agreed with. There were three that really stuck out to me.
- “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.”
- “I believe that isolation is the enemy of innovation and I will learn from others to create better learning opportunities for others and myself.”
- “I listen and learn from different perspectives, because I know we are much better together than we could ever be alone. I can learn from anyone and any situation.”
As a future teacher these are the three that stuck out to me the most. No matter how hard I try there are always going to be obstacles in my way, but I can’t give up because of those obstacles. I also need to remember that I need to focus on what is at hand and not get so worried about the future. I really like the second one because I need to remember that collaboration is really useful as a teacher and that I won’t be able to do it on my own. The third one kind of incorporates all that I talked about already.
I believe that this class really does help me to be more innovative in my learning and helps me to see how I can be innovative in my teaching. I believe that innovation looks like a teacher that is always changing what they do to make it better. I also believe that innovation looks like a teacher that is willing to make a mistake and to learn from it.
When it comes to unlearning, I believe that unlearning and innovation kind of go hand in hand. In the article by Will Richardson I found a few quotes that really stood out to me in this one too.
- “In a world where literally any place can be a classroom, we have to unlearn the comforts of four walls that we’ve become accustomed to.”
- “We need to unlearn the practice that teaches all students at the same pace…”
- “We need to unlearn the premise that real change can happen just by rethinking what happens inside the school walls and understand that education is now a community undertaking on many different levels.”
I have never heard the term unlearning before, but like I said unlearning and innovation go hand in hand. As a future teacher I can never be afraid to try something new and go beyond what I already know. I have to be innovative and try new things with my students. I cannot stay within the usual teaching model, I need to unlearn how to be a teacher and be more of a facilitator of learning. Our students are going to know a lot and they can teach us a lot, but we have to be willing to learn from them. A teacher should be an innovator and unlearn the things that they think they already know, and be willing to try new things for the better of the students.
- Couros, G. (2015, April 13). The Mindset of an Innovator. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/5216
- Richardson, W. (2007, February 7). Weblogg-ed » The Steep “Unlearning Curve”. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://weblogg-ed.com/2007/the-steep-unlearning-curve/