For the past couple of weeks a word has been bouncing around my warped little mind trying to find some connections.
It’s popped up a lot in the year end reviews and profiles, of course, but the word is also one that’s been tossed around all year long in many, many different contexts.
Companies say they want to develop innovative products and services. They want to hire people who can innovate. We need innovative solutions to our problems.
But do schools really want innovative teachers? They’re the ones who don’t follow the scripts in their lessons. Parents call the principal because their child’s class doesn’t look like the one they remember from twenty years ago.
Do we want to foster innovative students? Learners who find a far different path to the “answers” (or even totally different solutions) than are shown in the teacher’s answer book?
While teachers of the year (and other educators singled out in the press) are often described as “innovative” in their methods, would most principals actually hire someone who looks for ways to do things differently?
Just some of the rambling thoughts that have been stuck in my head for a while. So far, however, I can’t seem to find many answers in there.