Ok, I’m writing this while in a state of general frustration. Not necessarily the best time to discuss innovation in education or in life in general, but it is what it is. Way back in January, I wrote a post on the joys of NOT writing New Year’s resolutions, having a plan and this being the year of innovation. At the time, I was actually on some really serious pain killers because of my dislocated knee and was very likely talking out of my head. I think. Anyway, I have reflected quietly on my innovative year and how I want to change the world, one student at a time. Be that student in a K-12 setting or in a post graduate or professional development setting. I want to find new ways to do the things that need to be done, teach the lessons that need to be taught, inspire those I interact with on a daily basis. I want to innovate! I’ve spent the better half of the calendar year mapping out a plan, learning new things, trying new techniques, considering my options. It’s been good.
It’s September and I’m stuck. At least, I FEEL stuck. The school year started quietly enough; the team is back together and we still work like a well oiled machine. My first Hyperdoc with the students is moving forward in fits and starts (innovation check #1), I received good feedback on the book study Hyperdoc over the summer (innovation check #2), yet, I feel like I should be creating something… different.
What does one do when stuck in neutral?
I decided to join George Couros’ (@gcouros) MOOC, read his book and interact with some people who aren’t stuck in neutral… like I am right now. The only other MOOC I’ve successfully gotten through was the one that resulted in the creation of this blog, that George’s brother Alec (@courosa) facilitated on Digital Literacy. I enjoyed it. So why wouldn’t I enjoy learning something from his little brother?
I know George knows innovation. I’ve heard him speak a couple of times at events and have always found his discussions inspiring. I’d noticed he’d written a book,so I stuck it on my wishlist and promised myself I’d read it. The nice thing about going through the book as part of a MOOC is… I can grunt and hum with other humans. Humans that want to do the same thing I do, focus on being innovators. We all have ideas and plans and thoughts on how we can improve the way educators teach AND learn as well as create atmospheres for students to do the same. Thinking it through as a group is a great way to consider our options. I know it will get me out of neutral.
So, I took the book off the wishlist, and loaded it on my iPad and as of today (two days later) have actually read about half of it. My Twitter post about it was my sarcastic knock on my tendency to get distracted…
— Chevin S. Stone (@csstone1161) September 13, 2016
but I’m not going to get distracted! I WILL finish the book, I WILL participate in the #IMMOOC discussions and I WILL complete all tasks assigned to me!
I WILL get out of neutral. Why? Because this is my innovative year… and I’m an innovator!