Quote: "My parents were always supportive" (Wagner, 2015, pg. 104). I feel this is the key to creating innovators. One of the going themes throughout this book is that parents are the key to creating innovators which is something I see with my students who are usually the ones that love to discover and create.
Question: If parents are the key how can we as teachers take on that role when the parents are not available to create innovators?
Aha: Based on this chapter and many others there is also the common theme of teachers allowing students to be creative in order for them to think about real world problems and solve wicked hard issues. The question is how can we do this when we are asked to teach a certain way?
Connection: One of the teachers at out school is the type of teacher who uses real world problems to teach math and many people around our school are asked to visit his classroom to observe what he does and try to learn from him.
Quote: "Knowledge is also essential in order to innovate" (Wagner, 2015, pg. 104). Finally, I like how the author recognizes that we need a foundation of information to be able to have a baseline and move from there.
Question: How can we put curiosity back into the student if they have been asked not to think?
Aha: Respect. I love how Scott Rosenberg discussed how his students were his business partners and they deserve respect. I feel this is how I teach and I hope that in some way I have created in my classroom a sense of freedom of innovation that they will use in their future endeavors.
Connection: One teacher mentions in this chapter that students yearn to have their voices heard and a sense of identity. I can see this with my students, the moment you give them a voice they rise up to the occasion and create things that I as an adult could not imagine. Those are the moments I feel I'm the student and they are the teacher and I enjoy that because its rewarding to see young people teach you.
Quote: "what parenting practices do contribute to the development of young people capable of being both?" (Wagner, 2015, pg. 203)
Question: How can we as teachers change the pattern of behavior in our students of how they see eduction when we are the product of the same education?
Aha: Wagner (2015) when interviewing Annamarie Neal mentioned that "We have to suspend judgements about how things are suppose to be if we're going to develop the capabilities of children to be innovators as adults" (pg. 205). Which I believe is the key to creating innovators as teachers but how can we do that when so many people are against that? Should I move schools or can I disrupt the system from this particular school I work with when data and testing are so important here.
Connection: I knew I had amazing parents but after reading this chapter it was confirmed. I remember how my parents never really told me "no" when I was growing up. I remember my mom allowing me to use her nail polish to paint my toys cars or her acetone to remove the paint as many times as I wanted. I remember being allowed to discover what I wanted as long as I was respectful. I also remember being able to dress myself however I wanted. One of the keys in creating an innovator is to set boundaries but within those boundaries allow students to discover, change and adapt.