After reading the article, “The mindset of an Innovator” I was thinking to myself whether I have been that type of learner this semester. Some of the things I could relate too. Like the quote, “I believe that my abilities, intelligence, and talents can be developed, leading to the creation of new and better ideas.” That one really stuck with me because this has been the hardest semester yet and I have tried my best to keep a positive attitude. And by doing so, I believed that my abilities, intelligence, and talents can be developed. I worked hard to find those traits in myself and use them in my classes.
I think that innovation in learning looks like having an open mind. I think you need to not get so up tight and think things have to be done this way or learned this way. I think you need to have a positive attitude about everything. You also need to learn from your mistakes and use them to better yourself and your learning.
While reading the article, “The Steep, Unlearning Curve” I couldn’t help but think of my job when I read, “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.” I work in an after school program and the school I work at has started implementing common core math. Common core math is a whole new ball game for me that I struggle with. When students ask me for help on their math I try to help them and I can’t. I try and do it the way I was taught and they have no idea what I am talking about. They then teach me the things they are learning and I am finding new ways to do math problems. So that is something I have unlearned this semester, is students can teach us just as much as we can teach them.
Something I think I need to still unlearn is, what the article mentioned, thinking that students need to learn the same content, when really they just need to learn to self-direct their own learning. As a future teacher, you think you just teach from the books and what follow the curriculum. However, we need to remember that students are different and maybe we need to focus more on getting them to that self-direction of their own learning rather than just expecting them to do it themselves.