What Is Innovation? (And how do we teach it?)

teaching innovationWhat is innovation? As educators, we know it is a 21st Century Skill that we are tasked to teach students. School vision and mission statements often include the term as the ultimate goal. But without a clear idea of what it means to innovate, how would we ever know what success in student efforts looks like?

In the article, The Innovator’s Mindset: Envisioning the Future, author James Canton describes his thoughts on how to define innovation and what strategies an individual with an innovator’s mindset would embrace. Teaching these strategies may be the way educators could help students build the innovator’s mindset in school.

What are your impressions of the definition of innovation and the identified strategies? Are there any you would remove? What strategies would you add to the list? How would you teach these strategies to your students? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


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