On Saturday, I attended the TCRWP Saturday Reunion and had the honor of listening to Tony Wagner speak during the Keynote. I have read and loved The Global Achievement Gap and am currently reading his new book, Creating Innovators, so I was thrilled to hear that he was giving the keynote. If you haven't read The Global Achievement Gap or Creating Innovators, I highly recommend that you add those titles to your TBR stacks!
Below are some of my take-aways from his speech as well as specific lines/parts that resonated with me.
Some important thoughts Tony Wagner shared:
- Thinking critically is ability to ask really good questions.
- We need to teach and model a deep appreciation of differences and the importance of empathy
Some skills Tony Wagner refers to as “survival skills” that students need:
- to have experiences to collaborate
- to learn from influence of peers,
- to learn from mistakes instead of being penalized
- to know how to write with voice in order to be truly persuasive
- to access and analyze information
- to be curious and use their imagination
Some lines/parts of Tony Wagner’s speech that resonated with me:
- Hold us accountable for what matters most
- An Innovator is a creative problem solver
- Innovation is a team sport so we need accountable team work in our classrooms
- Innovation is all about approaching problems from different disciplines
- Classrooms that create innovators are all about creating, not consuming
- Innovation is all about taking risks and making mistakes - can't be an innovator without trial and error
- Some educators rely way too much on extrinsic motivations - need to be intrinsic!
Happy Innovating! :)