Not long ago, I woke up from a dream, singing a song...a song I had never heard before. I told Dave about it and then, just as quickly as the song had come, it left me. I have often heard songwriters, poets, writers, (and creators of whatever else) say they keep a notebook by their bed to write down lyrics, words, pictures, or ideas as soon as they come to them. Alas...a golden opportunity missed because I forgot my memo pad.
Have you ever been in an art museum (or simply passed by a Jackson Pollock or Kandinsky painting) with someone who said, "I could have done that when I was five years old"? My response is always something like, "But he DID do it"
If I have a great idea and I don't act on it, who is to blame? Me!
Check out these cool new inventions of 2017 to get your brain churning.
What are your ideas in education? Thinking about innovations in learning makes me smile. There is not much more exciting than coming up with or finding a new idea that makes your already good teaching even better. Maybe it's a new storage idea for the materials you keep on each team table in your classroom. Maybe it's a new engagement strategy that will get students up and moving around while they explore new text.
Whatever that new idea is, you likely got it from your own creative brain or from the creative ideas of other educators. Check out this website that lists 16 other websites that are great resources for teachers.
What strikes me the most about good ideas is the fact that they should be shared in order for their true success to be realized. After all, a good idea kept in a precious treasure box is not nearly as beautiful as a good idea shared with others. I love this quote by Steven Spielberg:
When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it's you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself. Steven Spielberg
Good ideas are meant to be shared, I believe. So, how do you do it?
Start a blog. Tweet out your ideas. Start a googledoc you can share with your teammates. If you gain one new idea, aren't you better off than you were before?
Just for today, consider the impact of a good idea that never came to fruition. Now consider the impact of a good idea shared with others. After all....