If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.
Austin Kleon – Steal Like an Artist
But I’m just not creative!
This sentence irks me ridiculously – whether a student or teacher saying it, it just irks me. I know the pain of looking at a blank page and how the hardest thing in any creative pursuit is to get started. In fact I have even blogged and run workshops based upon ideas to help teachers (and help them help their students to) get over that initial blank and get started.
Yet, the biggest mind shift for me was realising that there is no such thing as a blank page. I don’t have to be completely original. I read and see creative ideas all the time – online and in person. I see inspiration in front of me every day – landscapes, my children, students, colleagues, books… Every single one of these ideas and inspirations that enter my head mean that I will never face a blank page. Continue reading
Schools that recognize the need to prepare their students for a changing world are knowingly or unknowingly in the process of converting from an engineered process to a model based on the laws that govern natural ecosystems
Grant Lichtman, #EdJourney p210
In #EdJourney, Grant Lichtman makes the link between schools that are effectively innovating and how natural ecosystems operate. He found that the schools demonstrating transformative learning were:
- more dynamic – moving far away from one size fits all
- more adaptable – functioning like outside world and adaptable to future change
- more permeable – expanding learning beyond the four walls
- more creative – moving past consumption of knowledge
- self-correcting – based upon empathy, mindfulness and creativity
Using this, Grant proposes a model that shifts from Assembly-Line Education to a Learning Ecosystem. Continue reading
I recently finished reading a wonderful book by Grant Lichtman called #EdJourney. This book is the result of an 89 day trip in which he visited 64 schools and interviewed over 600 people on educational innovation and the future of schools. Part One of the book is on roadblocks to change and innovation in schools and then gives examples of how schools he visited have overcome these. The four major obstacles found were:
- Time (the most common)
- People (risk, fear and growth mindset)
Each of these are discussed in a chapter and also gives examples of how schools have overcome each of these. Continue reading