Innovative & Unlearn

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“I am an innovative educator and I will continue to ask, “What is best for learners”. I would just like to start out with this quote from Couros. I would like to think that I am and will continue to be an innovative educator. I also ask myself when creating lesson plans or listening to other teachers personal experiences/ concerns, “what is best for learners?” I think every teacher should ask himself or herself that question. If they don’t have an answer then they should be asking the other teachers what their thoughts are.

This semester I thought I was an innovative learner in the way that I would think about things we were learning and wonder how I would use these different things that were taught in my classroom. I was not familiar with everything that technology had to offer. Taking this class I would sometimes feel way out of my comfort zone but I would always do what was asked and sometimes take it a step further in the way that I wondered when could I reuse the information that is given to me for the future. If I didn’t know I would ask my peers the question and they would sometimes answer me. Sometimes I would do further research or spend extra time thinking and then I would come across my answer. This thought process is similar to that of an innovative learner.

To me innovative learning looks to be similar to what I just stated above. Innovative learning is when the student is learning information and wants to learn more so the do further research. Innovative learning is when students take different perspectives and learn from them. Innovative learners don’t say this is how I have always done it and I will continue to do it this way. No! The learner will go out of their comfort zone and take risks in learning new things.

I really liked this from Will’s blog “We need to unlearn the premise that we know more than our kids, because in many cases, they can now be our teachers as well.” I agree with this statement. For some teacher, they find themselves thinking they know more than the student and they are the leader and the students need to look up to them. I sometimes find myself thinking that I am more knowledgeable than the kids I take care off. However, when I sit back and reflect on my day with the kids I find myself being wrong. The kids know a lot and I can always learn from them. As a future teacher I know that I will be able to learn from my students and they will be able to learn from me.

There are a lot of things that I need to unlearn; as I am sure there are others who feel the same way!

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3 comments

  1. ataft4482 · April 27, 2016

    I agree that all teachers should strive to be innovative in their teaching and promote that same innovation for their students. If we are constantly asking ourselves what our children need and what, then I think they will be more involved in their education.

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  2. Elisabeth Ellington · May 10, 2016

    I think it can be really uncomfortable for teachers at first when they let go of the idea that they have to be experts. And sometimes it’s uncomfortable for students as well. But a lot of really exciting things can happen in a classroom when the teacher is the lead learner and everyone is learning together.

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