A quick video I made for inspiration. By flipping my classroom to do project-based learing (PBL), which has students participate in the Design Thinking Process I could see my students creating to demonstrate their learning. If we want students to be creating then we must also develop their growth mindset.
How do you help students be innovative?
Without Growth Mindset there can be no creativity, and without creativity there is no innovation.
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.
Have you seen the Mindset Kit? http://www.mindsetkit.org
The author is a proud mother and wife, living in Sonoma, Ca. She has 21 years teaching mathematics. She loves technology and how it enhances student learning, engagement, and achievement.
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