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These questions, and subsequent reflection(s), caused me a lot of angst as I considered what my definition of innovation is. As I wrestled with the idea, and stopped trying to narrow my focus to just one simple response, I opened the flood gates and just let everything come out. When all my ideas about innovation were laid out in front of me, I started picking up the pieces and organizing them in a way that made sense to me.
One of the things I realized was that my definition of innovation was not only connected to my experiences, but to the people I interact with, watch, and learn from on a daily basis. MY understanding of innovation is connected to a variety of people inside and outside of the Educational field. This may not sound earth shattering to you, but it was a significant realization to me as I reflected on innovation.
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- a lot of iteration where things are messy and look bad before they can look good
- taking risks, failing, and being resilient
- being open to learning AND unlearning
- meeting students where they are at and listening to what they want/need
- being flexible (to bend but not break)
- making connections to, and using, the best practices of other disciplines/professions/professionals, and
- becoming a connected educator (social media)
I would love to hear your thoughts about what innovation means to me and more importantly, what it means to YOU.