After reading George Couros’s “The Mindset of an Innovator.” and Will Richardson’s “The Unlearning Curve.” it was a very interesting way to end the course. I never thought about being an innovative learner or thinker but I do see multiple ways that I was this semester.
Writing these blogs really made me very conscious of what I was writing and how I was getting my point across. As crazy as it sounds, I am not use to writing with such personal freedom! When I write for classes, I try to make my point while being very strict and informative. Writing these blogs, I am able to use my own words and not have to worry about sounding “smart”. I really loved doing this…I think it made me a better writer. This is something I want to teach my students. No one wants to read a boring essay with no personality in it but when you make the paper your own, it means so much more!
One thing I “unlearned” was that not every assignment need to be the same to get a good grade. We all had our own different blogs and made different posts about different subjects. All of the posts are unique to the author and make for a great post. Even though they are not all the same, they are amazing posts!
This course taught me a lot as a person, student, and future teacher. There are so many new techniques I am able to use! Of course I will continue learning. I still have 3 years of college left and even after that, my students will continue to teach me different techniques and what works and what doesn’t! Another thing I will do is teach my students to be innovative learners and thinkers! “I question thinking, challenge ideas, and do not accept “this is the way we have always done it” as an acceptable answer for our students or myself.” is my favorite quote from The Mindset of an Innovator just because I have heard it so much. “This is the way we have always done it” is not a concluding answer for anyone. People ask why because they want to know WHY! If you say “This is the way we have always done it” this is avoiding the question by not giving a reasonable answer!
One thing I want to take from this semester is cutting back on social medias that have no use to me or my career. I also want to try to read more articles online and continue my blog even after the course is over!
In conclusion, this course was so interesting and unique! Definitely one of my favorites so far!
Until next time,