Monday, September 15, 2014

The Innovator’s Mindset

I really like this thoughtful post from Mr. George Couros about taking the Growth Mindset one step further: 

Fixed Mindset –> Growth Mindset –> Innovator Mindset

Yes, people can move from a Fixed Mindset and become open to learning (a Growth Mindset), but then what? Is it enough to learn for learnings sake? Is that the end game? Or should people then be able to apply what they have learned to solve problems and create new thoughts, ideas and products? I would argue that applying what is learned the higher order attribute between learning and applying. So even though having a Growth Mindset is powerful, it is still not as powerful as an Innovator Mindset.

In education, this applies to how students can best learn. Many would suggest to allowing students to create and build things: a constructivist, hands-on, project-based approach to learning are some of the most powerful ways for students to learn and be engaged in their learning. Invent to Learn if you will...