I saw this video today from SimpleTruths.com called The Paper Airplane. Go ahead… click and watch, it only takes a few minutes.
It’s about risk-taking, it’s about problem solving, it’s about life skills that our students need to have. The ability to think ‘out of the box’ and not simply do what has been done before because it is the common thing to do.
As educators we hope our students will be risk-takers and one way we do that is to create a risk-free classroom environment. Classroom climate is KEY for students to feel safe and able to freely think and express their ideas. Once you have an environment that is conducive to creative thinking start asking students open-ended questions and allowing them to explore concepts.
Share this video with your fellow educators, administrators, and your students. Start having discussions about innovative thinking and above all set the environment for students to realize they are not just the recipients of knowledge, but the creators of their knowledge.
And by the way: Special thanks to my PLN and @ajillgalloway and @blairteach for sharing this video on twitter.