Innovative thinking in Learning

“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Albert Einstein.

I believe this quote sums up innovative speaking very well. The article The Mindset of an Innovator states, “I focus not only on where I can improve, but where I am already strong, and I look to develop those strengths in myself and in others.” To me, this quote and the quote by Albert Einstein mean the same things. There is always room for improvement, and everyone is unique.

As a future educator, I need to learn how to recognize that everyone is unique and learns in a different way and how to help others become innovators by finding their strengths and weaknesses and building them up at the same time. It is hard to focus on the thing that is not easy for a long period of time, but if it is presented in an enjoyable manner, or with something that is easy, it becomes easier to focus on the topic. Encouragement is also a necessity when trying to increase strengths and weaknesses because there is always room for growth. Even subtle changes can be improvements and are worth a celebration.

In order for this method of teaching to be effective, current and future educators need to be open to learning from the students. The article The Steep “Unlearning Curve” states, “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.” Not one single person living on this Earth knows everything which means that everyone can learn from everybody else no matter how young or how old.

My family has two mottos that we try to live our lives by on a daily basis. The first one is “a day without laughter is a day wasted,” and the second one is “look at every day as an opportunity to learn something new.” By combining these two concepts, I believe that it is easy to “unlearn” the premise that we know more than our kids and understand that educating others is a two-way street. This is because learning takes place in many forms including learning how to laugh about a tough situation that a student created.

I am still unsure if “unlearn” is the correct phrase to use when talking about these concepts, but I know that “unlearning” can also mean learning more about a topic and then changing the overall opinion of the concept. This is what is important in the case of becoming innovative and in all of life. Learning how to change and grow is important in all aspects of life.



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