Chapter 2: The Innovator’s Mindset

Chapter Synopsis:

“Mindset” is an important part of learning, but are we only open to learning, or are we looking to focus on what we can create with new learning? In this chapter, the focus is on defining the notion of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and what it means for education, and why it is necessary.

Further Reading/Exploration:

Stephen Downes: A World to Change
Thomas Friedman: How To Get a Job at Google
Stanford University’s Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset and Education
George Couros: Twitter Hashtags in the Classroom

Further Viewing:

Educating Yorkshire: Mushy Finds His Voice

New Resource* “The Surprising habits of original thinkers
New Resource* “Think Inside the Box” From John Spencer

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some examples that you have seen of innovation within constraints, both inside and outside of schools?
  2. What questions do you think are vital to understanding those that we serve in education?
  3. If you were to start a school from scratch, what would it look like? How do we take what we currently have, to create a better education system for our entire community?

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