As a curriculum writer and educator who is trying to innovate how we teach science as we shift to the NGSS, I am often reminded that not everybody has an innovator's mindset. Many of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between having an innovator's mindset and blocking the innovation process as we all have individual personalities and we all deal with change differently. But this is a crucial time in education to reflect on where we fall on this spectrum.
I am obviously a huge fan of George Couros and his network of innovative educators who are making major shifts in education by supporting so many of us who are taking risks and trying new things. If you have yet to read the book The Innovators Mindset, take some time to read it this summer. But please, take a moment to think about how you respond when dealing with innovative ideas or colleagues who do have an innovator's mindset.
Realize that innovation is not easy or there would be a quick fix to all of our education problems. It is important that we try new things, have real conversations about pedagogy, and most of all base our decisions on what is best for students. If you are struggling with people who do not understand the great things you are doing and trying in your classroom, here are a few things you can do to help:
Keep up the great work and together we will make a difference in helping to develop future leaders in science and innovation!
Cari Williams has been developing her understanding of The Framework for K-12 Science Teaching and the NGSS through the development of curriculum, collaborative learning experiences with NSTA 3D Learning Cadre Members and as a Science Peer Review Panelist for Achieve. To learn more, please go to