Number of pages: 184
Publisher: Solution Tree
BBB Library: Education
The first step in teaching students to innovate is making sure that educators have opportunities to be innovators themselves. Although some teachers attempt this hard work alone, the culture of a school or district can set the stage for innovation to flourish or flounder. The right conditions include a shared vision and common language for talking about innovation. With those pieces in place, educators have more room to design, improve on, and share learning experiences that will stretch their students’ thinking skills. Whether innovators are drumming up new business ideas or hard at work solving community problems, they share certain characteristics. They tend to be action-oriented. They know how to network. They’re willing to take calculated risks. They look ahead, anticipating benefits that others might not have imagined yet. They work to overcome obstacles. Especially in the social sector, they’re generous about sharing what they know and eager to help good ideas grow. When educators exhibit these qualities, they show students how innovators think and act. They become innovation role models. Let’s take a closer look at these qualities. If you’re a teacher looking for opportunities to bring innovation into the classroom, start by considering your own strengths and weaknesses as an innovator. If you’re a school leader, consider how you encourageor discourageinnovation among your staff. As you learn more about innovators from diverse fields, be on the lookout for strategies that will increase your ability to think creatively and inspire more innovation among your colleagues. That’s going to set the stage for your students to become more confident, capable innovators.
"Suzie Boss goes directly to the heart of why we need innovation in our schools, and she describes practical, realistic solutions to get there. This book will be extremely useful to all people who seek to improve education including teacher leaders, administrators, parents, and policy makers." Steve Hargadon
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