Sunday, March 22, 2015

Innovation and Change

     Mrs. Lane shared a blog post last week with me. ( It contained a quote from an Apple ad that really struck home with me. Jamie Casap does an awesome job of motivating me and making me think about why we do what we do.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.  The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.  You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward…while some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

-Think Different, Apple

     After spending some time at the annual CoSN Conference last week, I realized what an impact the efforts of Hoover City Schools’ Engaged Learning Initiative is having in our classrooms. We are changing the way our students learn. We are pushing the limits. We are being innovative. We are creating and inspiring. We are doing things different. It is not the technology in our classrooms that changed this, it is the community and their expectations. Every student, parent, teacher and employee of Hoover City Schools should be proud of the innovation and change happening. 

 John Dewey wrote about this over 100 years ago: 

We are preparing our students for tomorrow in a way that others are dreaming of. Let's not waste a day, a hour or a minute on doing the next great thing. Let's continue to be the round pegs in the square holes.


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