Innovation (noun): a new method, idea, product, etc.
The first issue of MiddSouth Innovates (#middsouthinnovates) was a success! We had 293 views from 23 unique locations on 3 continents!! At least 1 member of every department in my school made a comment about something they saw in newsletter which definitely shows it is having an impact. So on to Issue #2:
The more I discuss ideas with Educators, the more I realize that innovation is relative. Being innovative is not a thing–it’s a mindset. It’s about waking up and saying ‘Today I will try something in my classroom that I have never done before.’ Maybe it will be with technology, maybe it will be with classroom management. Whatever you choose to do, it is about trying to improve. So, in this issue I highlight a physical modeling technique that one of our Chemistry teachers was super excited about, and the website Smore which is what I use to make the MiddSouth Innovates newsletter. Enjoy!
Do you know this kid?
You have probably seen this photo with the caption “I freaking love coloring!!!!” I want to be this kid. I want my passion for whatever I am doing to absolutely explode out of me. But, more importantly, my students should have this type of passion for whatever they are doing.
A good friend and fantastic teacher is an innovative teacher whose classroom is like mine, organized chaos. His students are engaged in meaningful activities and the volume in the room tends to grow as the discussions grow more heated. His colleagues call him Johnny Crayons because crazy, non-traditional ideas tend to be the norm for him.
I have 1 goal for this school year: BE JOHNNY CRAYONS! I am going to try every non-traditional, off the wall, crazy idea I find. If it sound fun, engaging and my students are still going to learn the material, we are doing it.
Every day I am going to ask myself “What Would Johnny Crayons Do?” and then I am going to do that. I am going to take lots of pictures of the creative work of my students and post it here and Twitter.
If you are doing something creative in your classroom, tell EVERYONE about it! Open your doors and let everyone see the great things, too. If you are on Twitter, post pictures and tag every off the wall activity with #JCrayons.
Let’s #JCrayons the heck out of this year!