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FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event

Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 16 Mar 2016 9:24am () Replies (81)

Innovation in schools of any type needs to start with the idea that the goal is not to force kids to abandon their passions and interests for our curriculum.

- Will Richardson, Stop innovating in schools. Please.

blue orange Dictionary.com defines innovation as:

  1. Something new or different introduced

  2. The act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.

There is so much innovation going on in our schools. Leaders and teachers are coming up with new ideas, and new ways of doing things all the time. But what innovation looks like to one school could be completely different for another as each school has different goals and philosophies.

George Couros states in Innovation and best practice, that his “belief is that innovation in teaching and learning starts with empathy; truly trying to understand those that you serve.” He expands on this to say that it’s “not only a starting point, but a continuous part of the process”.

As with all things in schools, we need to ensure that student learning is foremost on our mind. This includes in how we innovate. Will Richardson made this very clear when he says,

To put it simply, innovation in schools today is far too focused on improving teaching, not amplifying learning.


Join the discussion

  • What does innovation look like to you?

  • What does innovation in your school look like?

  • Are the innovations in your school amplifying learning? If so - how?

  • How is digital technology supporting innovation in your school?

  • Where do the tensions/challenges lie if any?


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  • Leanne Stubbing (View all users posts) 29 Mar 2016 4:24pm ()

    For me innovation is about being courageous and taking risks. It is about re-framing ideas and pushing the boundaries.

    Interestingly enough being in a new school this year has stumped my innovation a little.  I have had to find the baseline, the status quo, the flow (or quite simply where the cups are in the staffroom) before I was even in a place to think about innovation. I'm in that place now.

    Our school has been doing some PD on maths which has completely flipped some ideas around teaching and learning for everyone involved. I am most thankful for the opportunity to take these new ideas and try them out in a way that makes sense to me. I am allowed to fail and I am allowed to dream. Innovation requires a safe and supportive culture of practice that includes constant reflection and communication. As a staff we "get it" so our next step is how do we communicate these new ideas to our whānau?

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