I am an educator whose personal career goal is to innovate. In a context of budget blues, furlough Fridays, and a grimmer year around the bend, how does one sustain an argument for innovation when there is no other voice but her own singing this lonely song? I can feel my passion wane and my energy tank — and this is a horrific feeling to me. Our students need innovation in education. I must remind myself of what I believe in, so I remember why I do what I do. If you too believe, please let share a comment here.
- in the energy sent through the spark in a student’s eye.
- in the need for educators to teach students that it’s important to be passionate.
- in creativity.
- that today’s students will create a better world for my children.
- collaborative learning environments are more inclusive than lectures.
- lectures need to leave the classroom and enter the iPod.
- classrooms should be spaces for discussion, debate, and dialogue.
- a teacher’s job is to evoke passion in a student and engage him/her in the learning process.
- online learning is revolutionary or destructive, depending on how it is managed.
- we can do better.
- we need to listen to our students more.
- that failure is a necessary step towards improvement.
- that risk taking should be rewarded.
- in open education.
- in global perspectives.
- technology can help us.
- I can make a difference. I just need to figure out how.