In Paddy Miller and Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg’s book, “Innovation as Usual“, the first behavior that they discuss is that of focus suggesting that, when you’re an innovator, many things can and do come up to distract your from your main business, but it’s the innovator that must set all of that aside and focus on what matters. What is it that is important to you and your business? For educators, what’s our business? What must we focus on? Typically, what I say is that our primary business is what’s good for kids. If it’s good for kids, I’m usually willing to entertain the idea. However, “what’s good for kids” can be pretty arbitrary leading to innovation fatigue and trying things just to try them.
So, the question is, in schools, how do we focus? What do we focus on? Does it vary based on the classroom/building/district or are there some universal things that we can agree upon when it comes to focusing on what matters?
Cross posted to the ISTE Innovative Learning Community