When first learned of this term, I think I was in graduate school. It didn't seem like anything new... it seemed like what I had done in athletics as a player and a coach. We didn't focus on the problem, but we focused on the solution. We learned that focusing on the problem keeps you status quo, but never moving forward. Focusing on the solution helped us to continually remember that we can't change what's already happened, but we can change the future.
How does innovation happen in schools? There are three requirements:
- The school culture supports teachers taking risks and even possibly failing.
- The school culture focuses on doing Whatever It Takes to help students learn
- The staff, collectively and individually, focuses on creating a NEW future for the students we serve.
It also reminds me of the students that I serve as the ninth grade principal. I have several students who are repeating the ninth grade, and the habits they had last year that helped them to repeat ninth grade are re-surfacing as we start this new school year. Which leads me to ask myself and others around me who work with these students...
How are we going to innovate so that these students don't have the same year they had last year?