Day 131 (of 185) satisfied being unsatisfied – is this an innovation-educator mindset?
When waking up at 3:30 in the morning, you can only hope it’s for a worthwhile reason. That being said, sometimes it’s an intriguing mystery that gets your attention, as it did for me. A mysterious text asking about my schedule. An email invitation. Me checking in with someone attached to it who doesn’t reveal much other than re-stating that it would be an “interesting opportunity to talk about innovation”……they had me at ‘interesting’!
And the day was just that – arriving in Richmond I saw a group of people milling around and like me, were educators who weren’t exactly certain what we signed up for. Even better was seeing some people from my #pln – it is always reassuring to see some friendly faces when entering the unknown!
Today focused on brainstorming a few different “what if” scenarios around schooling and innovation.
What has been specifically required to enable innovative practice in schools?
What specifically has raised slowed or stopped innovative practice?
What is the best possible future of schooling?
The answers can be/are/were very diverse – the workshop had a range of urban/rural big/small schools (and even an acknowledgement that what might be ‘small’ in one place may be ‘big’ in another! But…as was also recently confirmed at a Rural Education workshop I attended, key themes emerge.
Some key needs: relationships, support for risk-taking,
Some key ‘blockers’: fear of change, worried about what colleges will say/want
But discussions led to. A commonality – there are pockets of innovation happening across our province/country/continent – but there have always been pockets of awesomeness – but geographical or mental isolation meant it was difficult to gain momentum and reach a tipping point. Technology has helped. No longer are radical outliers….outliers. #PLNs help in virtual and actual space and time – an idea can spread….and as has been said….an idea is bulletproof – it can’t be stopped but can spread and inspire others.
My takeaway was an affirmation that we have reached a terminal velocity that will provide a pathway for innovation (not ‘the’ pathway as that would make it non-innovative!). Disruption is happening, and as long as we become aware of some of the ongoing ‘blockers’ and focus on what can be done…..good things are happening. I feel validated in the work we have done, and excited to see what further collaborations may yet enable!