I’m in the midst of reading The Innovator’s Mindset because I’m taking part in OSSEMOOC’s Book Club (and because I was very curious about the book anyway!). This week, we are supposed to be responding to a specific question, but I got sidetracked by a few pages in chapter 3.
Although I teach art, I do believe that there are certain ideas within education that are universal. Consider the following quote from George Couros: “In contrast to multiple choice tests, learning that focuses on creation and powerful connections to concepts not only takes more effort but also more time“.
I’m fortunate to have conversations with some fantastic art educators in the States who constantly challenge my thinking and pedagogy. In a way, it feels like The Innovator’s Mindset was written about them, because they continually rethink their own practices and share new possibilities with others.
Consider Melissa Purtee’s recent post, Is Choice Always Choice?, where she makes a clear distinction between projects that are teacher-centred, and projects that give students control over their creations. Ian Sands’ article in School Arts magazine states that the TAB philosophy regards the student as the artist. Take a moment to think about art class: who usually thinks of the projects that students will complete? Will every student complete the same project? Why?
Read through these beautiful posts:
I thought that this struggle between textbook-type projects and authentic tasks was somewhat confined to the art room, but apparently not. Take a look at this tweet (especially the picture!) …
— Julie Vandermeij (@JFVandermeij) February 14, 2016
I’m beginning to wonder how many educators are fascinated (or frustrated) by this kind of thinking.
…and is there a word that describes the difference between factory-style teaching and personalized learning?