Mold Innovative Minds with These Five Steps

The thing about our contemporary lifestyle is we have to reinvent almost everything. Lifecycles churn much more quickly than they ever have. Our students will be our future leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs. We must foster innovation, similarly to SIT's organizational innovation model. This way, we can ensure a new world even better than the one we have today. Here is how to teach students innovation.

Organize projects that induce creativity

Plan a project that incorporates the arts. Another option is to try to figure out how your students might come up with solutions to a problem. When designing your project, you must add constraints such as time, cots and requirements. Use constraints that mimic real life. Then, figure out the type of project that will bring out authentic creativity in your students.

Focus on concepts

This is about the structure of knowledge. You want to teach ideas and deep understanding as opposed to a fact-based curriculum. Instead of memorizing things by heart, students can master the concept. Your students will have to ask this question: Why should I learn this?

With concept-based instruction, they will learn to create connections between the Arts, Social Studies, Math and Languages. Then, they can apply the ideas to their own lives.

Place an emphasis on skills

Facts are important but so are skills. Valuable 21st century skills include critical thinking and collaboration. When your students have critical thinking skills, they can find information for themselves. They can assess data to solve problems at hand. With critical thinking skills, students can process information logically.

Connections can be made between diverse pieces of information to determine the value of newly acquired information. Someone with critical thinking skills can also engage in independent self-learning. Plus, the student can keep important information and discard anything not useful.

Hack things

Students have a natural curiosity. This is why they take or even rip things apart. Well, you can turn these actions into teachable moments. Bring items into your classroom and have your students take them apart. It could be anything from ballpoint pens to old computers. Let them experiment and create new devices with used materials. It may feel like play time, but you're really teaching creativity and innovation.

Build things

Students love to build something and show it off to their friends and family. Building things inspires creativity and innovation when you try to come up with new methods for achieving the same objective. Some ideas include:

  • Building birdhouses

  • Building old cars

  • Connecting circuits and parts

  • Creating animated videos

  • Sewing clothing

  • Building homes for the needy

There are so many areas of interest, you won't lack for participation. You can also put a spin on your projects by focusing on design and collaboration.

An innovative mindset will allow your students to come up with ideas no one has ever thought of before. This is imperative for advancing our society to unseen heights. An innovative mindset is also crucial to building connections between ideas and concepts that already exist, but, no one has ever connected before. The cornerstone of every civilization is innovation.


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