In working through the 5+1 key innovative behaviors as outlined in Paddy Miller and Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg’s book, “Innovation as Usual“, the third behavior, Tweak, is one of my favorites. As educators, when we tweak an idea with others, we redefine, reform and recreate that idea into something that, hopefully, will better accomplish our goals. The chapter even starts with the quote:
First ideas are flawed. Leaders must make people test, challenge, and reframe their ideas repeatedly.
This makes me think about how we develop successful innovations. I think it’s a matter of taking that innovative idea and pouring over it with others and going back to the last innovative behavior of “connect”. When we connect and tweak together, we can come up with better solutions and ideas that matter.
But what about kids? Shouldn’t we teach this type of collaboration and approach to ideating through the work we do in our classes? I know that the kids I work with, they typically fall in love with their first idea and usually don’t want to consider changing it up regardless of the feedback. What if we could bring them to reframe the problem they’re trying to solve? What if we made testing prototyping a regular part of the process of projects and lessons rather than exception? Won’t teaching our kids to change their view and approach to their ideas help to foster their capacity for collaboration and creativity? Might this help to build a society of innovators that will “Tweak” our world? I hope so.
How do you encourage your kids to “Tweak”?
Cross posted to the ISTE Innovative Learning Community