Over the course of the semester, I have been asked many times to “think outside of the box.” Sometimes stated just like that, and sometimes implied through assignment directions. Before this semester, being creative and inventive was not my strong suit. In the world of education though, you need to be flexible and willing to try new things. From this class I have learned that peers are one of your best resources. I have learned so much from reading others’ blogs and tweets over the past 15 weeks.
The article 7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning has really great ideas. It says that learners have to be at the center of what happens. To me this means that in order to be a learner, you can’t just be a bystander. Another one of the principles I liked says that assessments should be for learning, not of learning. I’m currently taking an assessment foundations class, and I don’t feel like we’re learning how to make assessments for learning rather than of learning.
My favorite part of George Couros’ article The Mindset of an Innovator was when he said “Innovation is not something new to education, but it is something we can do better.” I think an important part of being an innovator is knowing that you can always do better.
This semester I have unlearned the idea that I need to be perfect on the first try. I have always been a little bit of a perfectionist, but I am slowly learning that sometimes it’s okay to be less than perfect, as long as you’ve done your best.
In his article The Steep “Unlearning Curve”, Richardson says “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?” I have never heard anything related to this topic that makes more sense! It’s unrealistic to expect all students to learn at the same pace, especially when they come in at completely different places.