Innovate is a verb. It’s easy to talk about, far harder to do. Yet, it’s the DOING that matters most. The daily grind in the details of the ebb and flow of progress forward, bit by bit. It’s in the tiny microscopic changes we make that are often hard to detect until we zoom out, after a bit of time, and see the forward motion. There is this panic of “Oh my gosh every school needs a makerspace” when our schools are FILLED with the resources we have to make. Inside our kids and each other. When we move, things happen.
It’s not a 3d printer.
It’s not STEM, or STEAM, or WHATEVER set of letters you put together.
It’s not gathering followers on Twitter or calling one educator the “rockstar.”
It’s not in selling resources you’ve created for your own classroom.
It’s not buzzwords…
It’s not a bunch of facts regurgitated for a test.
It’s not so many things.
It’s really simple.
It’s the move from teacher as sole deliverer to teacher as facilitator.
It’s in sharing your message, openly with anyone who needs it.
It’s guidance, from teacher to kids, but also from kids to teacher. Reciprocal.
It’s pure. Raw cardboard, tape, glue, and real problems.
It’s too magical to standardize and too important to water down.
It’s measuring something because you need to make sure it fits, not because it’s question 4.
It’s using a 3d printer to create a prototype for a plant container to conserve water.
It’s the five year old with crayons, drawing a plan for a Rube goldberg machine.
It’s not boys or girls, rich or poor… it’s people. Human.
It’s a sparkle in the eye of the learner who is figuring things out for themselves.
It’s the pride in the imperfect work that shines like a diamond in the rough.
It’s the world and your connection to it.
It’s your heart and soul. And it moves. You, your students, the world.
That’s why talking about innovation will never work. Because the only way to move the heart and soul is to move.
Move like a verb.