Friday, April 20, 2012

How can schools help students learn to create good ideas?

"Chance favors the connected mind." That's the conclusion of Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From.

He explains it in this short video.

What's the implication for schools? There are several.

We need to make sure that students get the opportunity to think. We can't focus on having students memorize information. We need to get them to think - deeply.

We need to help students learn to talk about their thinking. This is how I see things. This is what I believe. This is way I am seeing things right now.

We need them to listen to others. What is that person saying? How does it connect with what I think or believe?

Too often schools are places where adults talk and students listen. While that is important we need to create spaces for students to talk so that they can learn how to connect ideas to build better ideas. If we don't provide students with opportunities to learn how to make good ideas better when will they learn how to do that?

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