Innovation is “the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs” (Wikipedia, 2014). Teachers are naturally innovative. We are always adapting to changes that come at us by the minute. It is often difficult to deal with these changes.
I have only been in the classroom for a couple years so I find it a little more challenging to be innovative. Beginning teachers often struggle with catering to the diverse needs of learners, managing student behaviors, and reporting to parents (Johnson et al). As a beginning teacher, all of the stresses and struggles in other areas make it a little more difficult to be innovative. I think that as I move along in my career and teach one grade for a couple years, I will become more innovative but for now, I feel like I just have to get by.
Dave Burgess is innovative in his lessons and many people would strive to have great lessons like his. In his book, I found it very helpful and inspiring to read the questions that you ask yourself for each type of hook. I would like to compile a list of these questions and keep them next to my desk so that I can read and ask myself these questions routinely. I found inspiration just by reading and thinking about these questions. They seem simple but how often do we ask ourselves these questions in order to be more innovative? (Burgess, 2012).
Bob Wright and his colleagues, attempt to make it a little easier to be innovative in their book. This book outlines various fun math mini lessons and ideas for one on one. Some of the strategies are as easy as having the students line up and count by 10s off the decade flashing dot cards and having the students recall. The materials are all included on the disk and lessons are outlined for the teachers. This is one of my favorite math books to use as a supplement (Wright et al, 2012).
Overall, I find innovation necessary but often times difficult to do while attempting to maintain excellence. Teachers have a lot to juggle in order to be “excellent” and time is always an issue because there is never enough of it. I think that as I move forward in my career, it will become easier to become more of an innovative teacher.
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