Innovation is one of those words that gets batted around a lot. It's a common goal in education. We want to be innovative as teachers, and we want our students to not only grow up to be innovators of tomorrow, but we also want them to be innovators in the classroom today.
The thing about popular terminology is that although it makes the rounds and gets applause wherever it goes, it's often largely undefined. Innovation is indeed a slippery word, but a few aspects of it seem to keep popping up in our daily dealings:
- Innovation isn't always (maybe even usually not) about reinventing the wheel. It's often about tweaking a process, or adding something small that makes a big difference.
- It's not about lightning bolts and flashes from the muses. Innovation takes time, patience, and perseverance. Even brilliant new ideas take a while to get fleshed out.
- It's a team sport. New ideas seem to come from collaboration and conversation. Even if an individual has the initial spark, she or he rarely has all of the knowledge and skills required to bring it to fruition.
Here are three really interesting takes on innovation:
Amy Leask is VP of Enable Education.