Open up to Innovation

No one likes to admit their downfalls out loud, especially on the internet, but the biggest thing I learned about myself this summer is I am close minded. I understand how technology, new innovations and hack schooling all can help educators reach out to students and unlock oodles and oodles of potential, but part of me would rather see a locker filled with textbooks as the main source of information. Why do I think this way? Perhaps I still have a lot of unlearning to do. Maybe I am intimidated by the network of possibilities. But the most likely reason of all, is I am scared of change.

I do not like not knowing what is going on or what is currently happening; I am a bit of a control freak. Let’s just say, throwing me a surprise party would never well. After completing this class and reading all my classmates’ blogs, which convey nothing but excitement for new education, I have challenged myself to unlearn my habitual ways. Innovation is the future, and innovation does not follow a planner, a routine or a firm set of rules.

“…we need to unlearn the idea that student writing and projects are simply ways to assess what they know.” ~Richardson, The Steep “Unlearning Curve”

From here, my goal is to become more open to ideas of change and extincting them instead of just learning about them. I want to unlearn how to map out learning by page numbers and completed tasks.

At the same time, I do not want to forget the lessons I learned in traditional learning. I want to learn from the mistakes and defaults of traditional education and use those understandings to better my personal innovation. Everyone learns differently and maybe old-school ways are best for some people, but I need to remember that is not the case for everyone.

To me, innovation is using resources to reach past memorizing and repeating to lead learners on a vague trail with the skills to blaze their own. We need to give learners the tools and knowledge to find their way through the forest of learning on their own, but still be there with the supplies, first aid kit and complete understanding of the area. With an open mind and determination, anyone can make their way.


Now I need to go weed my tracks and clear some branches to open up my views and let the sun shine through so I can lead others through the forest someday, too.


One thought on “Open up to Innovation

  1. gratuitouslygeeky says:

    You brought up a conundrum that I have been struggling with as well. How can I allow students to learn in the various ways that work for them when all of the laws and mandates push for standardization? I think it will be some time before we are fully able to give students true educational freedom as a huge overhaul needs to take place in rhe system we have now before it can really be possible.


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