Some weeks a word will pop into my head for a DigiLit topic. Then I’ll mull over it and wonder why. This is how it’s been with Innovation. Like Blended Learning last week, I am wondering if innovation is happening in my classroom.
I think of my young students who are writing for the Slice of Life Classroom Challenge every day. Last year I put together a treasure box of writing prompts. I decorated it and filled it with little odds and ends I found around my house. One of these was a wishing rock. Andrew put his hand into the box and came out with this rock. I immediately thought of this Harris Burdick image.
“Maybe you could write a story to go with this image?”
“I’ve never written a story before.”
Andrew proceeded to type furiously into his Kidblog post. The next day when he came in, he said “I can’t stop thinking about my wishing rock story.”
My student, Noah, created a list post of “Things I Trust.” Two of the curators of the Two Writing Teachers blog read his post. They wanted to publish it to give other students ideas for writing.
Creativity and innovation happen in a classroom that is open to new ideas. The let-me-try-this-out attitude. I believe in my students. They are more capable than I am when it comes to creativity. Just look at Lynzee’s word cloud she created using the root word color. She went on to write her post and change each word into a different font color.
Sometimes I feel like I just stand by and watch the brilliance of my students shine. They are gifted kids, but more than that, they are open to the ideas floating around in the universe. This openness will lead them on to produce wonderful innovations in the future, but for now, they are my little wonders.
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