So we say we want innovation in our schools, in our classrooms. Many of us feel that this is the best way to get our students past the point of engagement, and moving to the level of empowerment. But there is one little word that can kill that process – no.
In the past couple of years, we have had many opportunities to interview potential teachers. Every time we bring an interview team together, we all agree that we are looking for people who are “go-getters” – people who will do whatever it takes to make the learning experiences for their students new and exciting. They have helped to bring exciting new learning opportunities into our school. At the same time, many of the teachers in our building continue to learn and evolve – trying new formats of teaching, new activities, new technologies. This innovation continues to spread, and is so exciting to watch!
If you know much about improvisational comedy, you know that during a scene the key is to not say no. The mindset has to be to have an attitude of “yes, and…” This is what we’re seeking for innovation. When there are new and exciting ideas that will make learning better for students, I strive to say “yes, and…”
My hope is that this culture of yes will allow us all to continue to learn and grow. Ultimately, our growth will allow us to make learning more innovative for every student! Isn’t that the goal?