What does trampoline, popsicles, braille, oink-a-saurus app and wristies have in common? Well, they were all invented by the children (Perman). Regardless of age, race, disability or financial status, the possibility of becoming an innovator is possible. As educators, we are responsible for educating and preparing students, all students, for their future, which may be the ultimate challenge when nobody knows what the future will last. The only consequence is that each student will have another future and this world, as we know, will be drastically different within 20 years. While studying innovation, I have realized through the perspective of an educator that there are several roles we can play to inspire innovation, but two really are: we can encourage and teach professional skills.
The initial role of educators is to inspire and encourage innovation by never underestimating the creative intuition of someone, especially a child. Teachers have the opportunity to enhance a childs trust or destroy it. By just saying Oh, thats amazing or to give an incredible look, a teachers actions can permanently affect a child. Self-confidence begins initially through the positive motivation of others, and a teachers voice can be the first motivation to keep the student believe in himself and in his goals. As a college student, Philo T. Farnsworth (a.v.s. Television Television) presented his teacher with a better television system; His teacher responded go for it and continued to support and follow Farnsworth through the process (Flawtow, 94). I can not imagine what might have happened if Farnsworths teachers would have reacted in a non-supportive manner.
Not only can teachers encourage students verbal but also how they allow students to ask questions. Although the question of why? can generally affect everyones nerves (eventually), it is important to encourage curiosity and diverging thinking about innovation. Norris Sanders, author of Classroom Questions-what kinds ?, Gives readers a new perspective that questions can be the key to student interest and commitment that encourages learning and should not be ignored. One way to help capture this interest is to create a Wonder Wall for classrooms. A substructure allows teachers and students to let their curiosity run. If a student asks a topic, the teacher can say its interesting, why do not you go on the subway and continue the lesson. Then, during a fall, students address their or someone elses wonder question.
Another role teachers have in innovation is to teach students how to be professional, including skills in problem solving. Each invention or activity was originally created to solve any type of problem (medical problems, processing speed, even sadness). Its time to teach our students that a problem is just a question that has not been answered, and its their job to answer it. Teaching in-depth problem solving technology is not a top priority in many curricula and can easily fall through the cracks. However, if teachers took a unique approach to teaching through the implementation of the DISCOVER (Discovering Intellectual Strengths and Capabilities while observing Varied Ethnic Responses), they could provide the basis for future innovators as well as prepare all students to be quick on problem solving (Maker, Schiever, p165-194). The DISCOVER course model enables students to identify a problem (for which they are passionate), examine the previously tried and tested solutions and look at the problem through different perspectives. As a result, students will be prepared to investigate and hypotese possible new solutions and, depending on ability and time, be able to implement. This model gives all ability levels and different students the opportunity to discover a new way to approach life problems. Through the implementation of the DISCOVER model, students will strengthen their professional skills by learning to identify problems, using higher-level questions, research using different resources, identifying different perspectives and collaborating with others.
Educators have the opportunity to positively influence and give students the skills to be successful in life, if they have the desire and independence to do it. Learning the students to succeed and change the world are two reasons why many teachers enter the profession. Consider how many students teachers interact with daily; When you calculate the total for a whole labor career, it is surprising how many developing minds teachers can influence. A teachers role in innovation can be tiresome, but ultimately its an exciting and rewarding experience.