This post is the first in a series of posts in response to the Innovator’s Mindset book study MOOC, By George Couros (@GCouros). I am hoping this will form the foundation of my next steps in my role as a leader in our College. All ideas I have and share are my own and will be raw and unpolished. I look forward to the feedback I get from readers to further refine my ideas.
What is the purpose of Education?
I believe the purpose is to prepare students for their and our future. It should teach resilience, growth mindset, critical thinking and how to create information to create knowledge.
Is innovation necessary in Education?
Yes, it must reflect change with the world innovation may not be something completely new – just new and better in your setting and for your context.
How are you embracing change to spur innovation in your own context?
Recently changing school, state and moving into leadership, I have embraced change in many ways. Now I will encourage others to join me on a journey of change and innovation to make education in our setting new and better. Some strategies that we must embrace, that I have identified through reading this and other books include:
- make connections to the heart of educators and students to enhance connections with our mind.
- compliance, for teachers or students, does not foster innovation.
- all students have a sense of wonder, an opportunity to explore, to become leaders and leave school more curious than when they started.
The challenges I am sure to face include pushback from some staff which I will need to work on motivating all staff “one snowball at a time,” empower our teachers to make changes through small manageable steps that are not time consuming and leadership modelling of the desired practices which will enable everyone to succeed. We will build relationships through shared experiences and become lifelong learners, learning from within the expertise in our College.