“I recognize that there are obstacles in education, but as an innovator, I will focus on what is possible today and where I can push to lead towards tomorrow” – George Couros
This is a great quote because it is so true. There is going to be a lot of obstacles in education and you are going to have to find a way to think of a new approach to overcome the obstacle, or you’re going to have to just climb over it slowly and get there. As an innovator you can’t give up and forget about the obstacle, you have to fight through it or you have to think of something else.
“We need to unlearn the idea that every student needs to learn the same content when really what they need to learn is how to self-direct their own learning.” -Will Richardson
This is a great quote as well because it is also very true. Students need to not only be learning, but they need to be learning how to go their own path. They need to be learning in their own way and learning in the way that best fits them. If they know how to learn and go the right direction, they are going to be a lot more successful.
I have always been known as an innovative learner and thinker. I have always been the one who is misunderstood, the one who is always thinking outside of the box, and looking so deep into things. People see a weird shape in the sky, I see Texas. People are always telling me “Oh my gosh, how did you even think of that?” or “How are you so observant?” I look at everything that is ordinary and I make it into something more and something that no one has ever thought of. This semester I have used it in about every single one of my posts. With being an innovative thinker, it is not hard to write like it either. If you look at some of my posts, I always dig for something deeper and always have thoughts that others may have never thought of.
I have unlearned the idea that students have to learn a certain way to learn a standard. They can learn in their own way and be perfectly fine. This semester I have unlearned that English involves a bunch of papers, it can be blogging, collaboration, and fun. There are so many things I have learned and unlearned this semester that I will carry on with me forever. One thing I think I will have to unlearn is the fact that you can help everyone. Not every student can be helped, some don’t want too and you have to just try your best to help them as much as you can.
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