I spent much of the past weekend in the car reading. As a little girl, I found long car rides to be some of my best reading time. Lots of quiet, the humming of the tires on the road and the dream of the adventure ahead of me always lent itself to quiet reading and reflection. Our trip from Galveston to South Louisiana was the perfect road trip to reread some of my favorite passages.
Unlike those trips from my childhood where I’d bring a large bag filled with heavy books, I carried my laptop. Once Ebook readers like The Kindle became available, I quickly moved all of my professional reading from books, to EBooks. I can read a variety of texts at one time, and now my favorite books snaps can easily be displayed both in the book and on my Twitter feed. I sometimes wish I could meet the very first person who thought of putting books online for readers. What an amazingly innovative idea. Making books available to the world at the tip of our fingers. Great idea. The lower cost of books, the ease of purchase and the ability to borrow books from a virtual library have opened up a lot of possibilities for this reader.
My travels this week had me reflecting on innovation. After all, this blog is about how I inspire teachers to be innovators so it is something I think about and something I help teachers foster in their classrooms.
What is innovation what it could be and how to make it happen? I reread part of some of my favorite books on innovation in our educational system, reread some of the notes I have on innovation from schools I’ve been able to spend time in. I’ve watched countless TED talks. My pre-Turkey feast weekend has been focused on how to move from saying we need to innovate and help assure it happens.
In The Book Creating Innovators, by Tony Wagner, he quotes a study how by the time our students are six that the school system has already squashed some of the curiosity out of our children. I had to booksnap that quote. While I’ve read it before, this time it really hit me.
— Doris Herrmann (@Dorish) November 19, 2017
How can an institution brought about to help our children prepare for their futures move past the limitations of the walls of a classroom and help foster that curiosity and innovation in our children?
That question is worth a great deal more reading and reflecting! There will be more blog posts to come on this topic.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.