Academic journal article Science Scope

Innovative Teaching = Learning

Academic journal article Science Scope

Innovative Teaching = Learning

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Our country owes its competitive edge to innovative ideas that have helped drive our economy, yet innovation is not a term associated with education (Wagner 2008). Wagner makes the stark claim that America will lose its competitive edge unless our education system reflects the necessary changes required for developing the next generation of innovators. Future innovators will need to be able to work in teams, think critically, problem solve, assess and evaluate information, communicate effectively, and possess creativity.

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Perhaps you know of a teacher who, by virtue of their creativity, is working hard to lead the next generation of innovators. Perhaps that person is you. If so, your peers more than likely describe you as someone who is willing to take risks, someone who implements new strategies before they are adopted by others, and someone who serves as a catalyst for change. Innovative teachers are risk takers who are willing to accept failure. They model for others how to turn the traditional teaching model into one in which they facilitate learning by tapping into their students' curiosity and capturing their imagination. They teach in every possible venue, often reaching out to partners with resources both within and outside their geographical area. …

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