Innovation Battles Adversity
#IMMOOC Season 3, Week 1 BlogAs part of the Innovator's Mindset IMMOOC this week, we were asked by @gcouros write a blog responding to two prompts: 1. Why is innovation in education so crucial today? &
2. Talk about a time you dealt with adversity in education, and how you overcame it.
To paraphrase George Couros in the Introduction... "What I care about is that kids are inspired to be better people because of their experiences in my [classroom]."
So, for me, through my Special Education lens, Innovation has been a way to overcome adversity. It's a way to level the playing field of roadblocks thrown in the way of my students. Wether it's technology like Speech to Text, that allows them to get their thoughts down on paper in a way that a Learning Disability kept them from doing in traditional assignments; or a Passion Project that has them fully engaged in their own learning; or completing a video to avoid the crushing anxiety that live presentation might present...it's breaking the barriers that once held them back.
That said, I don't want to even pretend that my classroom is full of unicorns and rainbows. I've had failures. I've tried things that crashed and burned. I've had students that I've been unable to reach or help. These break my heart and challenge my spirit. But, I keep trying. I keep learning. I try to stay focused on the success my students have found, and I keep looking for that next innovation that will battle the dragon they have to face.