How do you help students be innovative?
Kids need to feel cared for and secure (Nurture) through connecting with their teachers, classmates, and school (Community and Culture). They are designed to be curious and explore (Inquiry), and then they create (Creativity). Now they can Innovate and share, express themselves and their thinking, reflect and analyze - all with confidence and pride.
Picture a preschool child who writes his name for the first time, colors it, and comes running to show you his masterpiece. No matter how primitive it is, the pride in his accomplishment, the spark in his eyes, and the smile on his face gives you no choice but to see a masterpiece too.
All children learn at their own pace and in their own way. As educators, we need to celebrate growth, so that they continue to persevere as proud and confident learners. I see masterpieces in all my students, and that is what fuels my passion to teach and to improve my teaching every day.
It is time to spark innovation, and I want to be an educator who ignites that flame.