Global Competencies, Innovation and the Iterative Process of Posting & Sharing Ideas


Last week’s blog was on innovation and this week I’m hoping
to link innovation to the Global Competencies.  If I drill down my thinking, this blog is really about the iterative process of sharing ideas – throwing out an idea and allowing the process of sharing and transforming the idea to build it, refine it and make it better.  

Personally I believe that this process is better if you give yourself permission to try out the biggest, and the best ideas.  Linking Global Competencies to teaching and learning calls for cross-curricular, creative lesson planning that is responsive and empowers student voice.  The iterative process of sharing the lessons and building on each others’ ideas will transform these lessons and create the innovative spaces that allow for co-learning, creativity, problem solving, communication, which in turn will help transform classrooms, schools, local and global communities.

What are the conditions that allow for innovation that empowers student voice?

  1. Mindset – As a principal, your mindset, the expectations and vision you have, directly impacts the possibilities in your school.  Do you see the possibilities or the restrictions?  What you focus your attention on is what gains momentum.
  2. Setting the Conditions – How many restrictions (ie how much paper compliance) do you impose on your staff to ensure your own comfort??  Do you model the sharing of ideas?  Do you celebrate innovation or compliance?
  3. Constantly Share – share ideas, share resources, share opportunities.  The biggest and best ideas may not be in the room, or even in the school.  
  4. Include consolidation into the learning.  Do we co-plan, co-learn, co-debrief?  This does not have to privilege the cycle but it must privilege the learning.  It should be done formally and informally every day.

One out of the box, incredible learning opportunity that I saw this week. An Idea Worth Sharing- This idea challenged my mindset!!

Often we believe that Global Competencies are introduced and/or developed with older students.  This idea will challenge this assumption.

Last fall at #Edinnovation2016 in Ottawa I was introduced to a teacher who was using coding to teach math and literacy through story re-tells.  She was explicit about the links to the Ontario Curriculum documents- number lines, graphing…

This week I was introduced to coding, spatial reasoning, dance, and story re-tells in the kindergarten classroom.  @rodgers_rupali and @MathStudio_Usha are having kindergarten students re-create their dance moves, their knitting and their stories on a grid using sequencing, proportional and directional language.  Their kindergarten classes were coding.  The school also set up a maker space for innovation for kindergarten classes and they were coding  #Beebot  Wow!  Checkout and share their work on twitter.

Gianna Helling
Student Achievement Officer

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