1. Jilian

    George- As a musician I identified with your analogy and reasoning because I spent many many many hours practicing and playing the piano.
    What I was struggling with is the idea of “creating”. Were you talking about developing talent? Were you talking about composing? Were you talking about performing other’s music?
    Then, I started wondering whether those questions were even important. When there is passion, drive, and are in a community of others who support and inspire your dream, does the end point need to be so “defined”? I wonder if we, as educators, can simply create conditions in learning communities so that the growth and innovators mindsets can thrive, engage and aspire to amazing things never even imagined yet.
    Thanks for the food for thought…

  2. One thing I know for sure is that we cannot contemplate 30 years from now. We must focus on what we can do! It all begins with a convicted belief and mindset. Difference makers embrace this belief. Without a growth mindset everything else is a moot point. A growth mindset precedes planning, focused instruction and effective collaboration. We owe it to our students to give our very best. Having a growth mindset sets the stage for impacting the world!

  3. Jake

    I agree with both comments. A growth mindset precedes innovation. I think that they are two different things that work beautifully together. Great food for thought!

  4. This is a really concrete way of explaining true learning. We must have knowledge and scheme for the task at hand, the belief of success even in the face of struggle AND the purpose for creating something worthwhile. And now, to instill that in children year, after year, after year.

  5. Creating is important but is creation the right standard for all learning? Are you arguing that without creation knowledge is worthless/useless?

    Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks

  6. Rachel Prottas

    Thank you for inspiring me and making me excited to contemplate education, and for helping me realize that other people exist who have similar ideas as I do. I recently joined Twitter, was introduced to you, read The Innovator’s Mindset, and discovered your blog. I love how you changed Dweck’s question “What mistake did you make that taught you something?” to “What ideas do you have moving forward because of what you learned?” Both concepts are important, but the latter way of thinking is more constructive, in my opinion. The focus should be on what one will do with his/her learning. This is where your idea of creating comes in. Sort of just thinking out loud here, so bare with me….Do you think that “creating” could be as simple as forming an idea about the learning? Could it be even simpler – just the act of thinking? Could it be having a discussion? Could it be journaling for yourself only? Could it be helping someone? When I hear the word “creating,” I think of a concrete outcome. But, I wonder if creating can be more abstract and have different degrees, each degree being a perfectly legitimate and worthy creation in and of itself, with the supreme (or not?) creation being something more concrete that benefits others. For example, a thought might be the first level of creating. Next, an idea. Next, a discussion (that crucial connection with others that you discuss in The Innovator’s Mindset). Next, a plan. Next, carrying out the plan, which would lead to a concrete outcome. I love to learn, but I don’t always “do” something with the learning. I usually consciously think about it, which, to me, is a worthy form of creating, but not in the most obvious sense. Or sometimes the learning merely tumbles around a bit in my mind only to fade away shortly thereafter. No creation involved there, but as humans many of us have the privilege of enjoying the experience of learning in and of itself, and sometimes this concept is overlooked as we think about the future of education. I think all these types of creating are valuable, and so is just enjoying the experience of gaining new information and ideas.

    Thank you again for sharing your ideas and giving me an opportunity to share mine. I welcome any and all thoughts from anyone.


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