WHAT IS INNOVATION?
Innovation in education is not as simple as introducing a new tech tool to your classroom. Innovation is an intentional change that aims to increase student engagement and student learning. So when Graded hosts a conference to address the idea of re-imagining school you know that the conversations over the three days are going to push your thinking and test your level of comfort as an educator. Suzie Boss is challenging us to create opportunities for our students to engage meaningfully with their world. Dioramas aren’t enough unless the students are driving the thinking and taking action. Ewan McIntosh encourages teachers to flood the students with information at the start of a project, immerse them with ideas and then allow them time to dig into it. Don’t define their end goal, let the students define it. Both of their presentations were thought provoking and energising but they were also sometimes contradictory, so where does that leave us? What are we meant to do? Thankfully there is no single answer – lucky for our students there is no cookie cutter approach to innovation in our classrooms. There are approaches that work for some teachers and not for others and there are approaches that engage individual students more effectively than others. My take away was to think big and be open to change and failure.
|EWAN McINTOSH||SUZIE BOSS||JOEY LEE||MIKE ANDERSON||SCOTT McLEOD|
SHARING THE LEARNING
Our MS teachers shared some of their personal highlights from Innovate in this document below – bookmark it and come back to it when you have time for some innovation inspiration!