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  1. Picking on one brief mention in your article, some people say that they are not creative. (I’m not going to get into how much this sounds like a “fixed-mindset” mentality.)

    For me, I am a mathematician married to an author. People look at my wife, and it is obvious she is creative. She can take a blank piece of paper and create a story from nothing. In addition to writing, she also crafts. She can take paper and ribbon and glue and turn it into masterpieces that people use at their weddings, birthdays, graduations, retirements, and other celebrations.

    Me? I know that 2 + 2 = 4. People look at that and think that isn’t very creative. And I admit, it isn’t.

    But just yesterday, I had to create a formula in Excel to compare cells in two different spreadsheets. I too a blank cell and added “if” and “concatenation” formulas to create that comparison. I then created a macro to “fix” certain entries based on the comparison of the formula.

    Granted, give me paper and glue and I will make a mess, not a masterpiece, but I think creativity can look different depending on the strengths God has bestowed upon us.

  2. Jennifer Fox

    George,
    Thanks so much for drawing attention to the fact that innovation is not about technology, it’s about thinking differently. My favorite quote is “It is how we think and what we create, not what we use.” There are so many teachers that I have worked with who say they can’t innovate because they can’t keep up with the changing tech tools. We need to get past that mentality! Think outside the box, Folks! Technology is awesome if it extends learning, but that worksheet is still a worksheet, even if it’s on Google Docs. We need to #CelebrateInnovation every day and highlight those outside-of-the-box thinkers who do amazing things in their classrooms daily, whether the power is on or not (just went through an ice storm and thought I’d add that little tidbit – Ha!).

    As always, thanks for your thoughtful words of wisdom and challenge, George!

  3. Spiri Howard

    Great post! I absolutely agree.

    The ability to innovate doesn’t lie in technology, or the methodologies of brainstorming, or different products we hope to alter, but rather in the culture and environment that we are surrounded by. It’s the intensity of the people’s (teachers, admins, learners) passion for innovation that will bring forth change, not a product.

    Now if we could just give our people complete freedom to explore, create, innovate without limits, what a wonderful world it would be.

    Thanks for keeping it real George!

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