So the next few posts will be just about wrapping my head around and reflecting on readings and posed questions. The start of #IMOOC could not have have come at a worse academic time – but it’s spring break and I can do a little more than just think about things.
How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? Tha’s part of my goal in participating in this. How can I halp by colleagues thing more intently on ways to improve the learning in their classrooms. I am not trying (in most cases) to make them trash all they are doing and start all over again; but to think more intently about their students – and how their lesson plan goals and objectives are reflected in real human minds.
I know that part of it must be offering opportunities for teachers to jump in themselves – in some non-threatening way – and challenge their ideas that it’s hard or threatening. I like that in the artist video (was it there on in Episode 1?) the idea of picking some non-high-stakes day to give something innovative a whirl in the classroom. But I want to do it for teachers. I know that when may places were pitching Makerspaces, some would offer “brews and builds” or other “adult” centered events to encourage people to see what it’s all about.
We need something like that in order to help shift the idea that innovative teaching is not just one more thing; it can be fun; and once you’ve experienced it, the culture is addictive.