Am I an Innovator?

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As I began to look back at the semester, reflecting on tweets and blog posts, and comments, I was thinking to myself… Was I really being creative? I always try to be original and creative but then I would catch myself reading another post, and wanting to create something similar but in my own words. But I do feel like some of my posts were pretty creative, with my recipes and songs, and such.

When I think of being innovative in the classroom, I think of imaginary wheels above student’s heads, thinking. One should be able to use their own creative juices to work, but also not be afraid to reach out to get extra help.

“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.”

I love this statement that Richardson made. I always like to think in perspectives, especially when it comes to teaching. There is ALWAYS more than one way to look at a situation. I once had  a professor tell me that even if you have to get down on your belly on the floor to check something out, it’s better than saying you didn’t try. I coach basketball, and I always tell my players that they are only as strong as their weakest link, in hopes of encouraging them to work together more as a team.

When I began to read the article on unlearning, I began to really think if I could actually unlearn something. But then I started thinking of breaking bad habits, or correcting myself.

“We need to unlearn the practice that teaches all students at the same pace. Is it any wonder why so many of our students love to play online games where they move forward at their own pace?”

There are so many students that get lost in the classroom bustle… Not every student is the same, we as teachers HAVE to keep that in mind. Sometimes they can’t help it if they lose interest or get too far ahead, but at the same time the students have to keep this in mind as well.

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