Nor is it impossible to teach innovation - it just requires a different stance towards teaching. It’s less about learning the pre-prepared material (mastery of knowledge) than it is about creative capacity building (mastery of practice).
And it asks something new of teachers. Being the "sage on stage" isn’t going to get students to experiment. Creating safe conditions for risk-taking, rewarding curiosity and divergent thinking, bringing in diverse materials and building a culture of productive critique will help students let go of fear and embrace their creative confidence. Being an innovative teacher means being an experience designer and condition creator - making the learning a dynamic give and take experience, not a one-way lesson delivery of pushed content. It also requires new conceptions for evaluation that measure individual personal growth, not unified performance against a set target. This takes a mindset of collective comfort with ambiguity for teachers as well. The freedom to teach this way can be extremely rewarding, but it will take hard work and committed voices to bring this thinking into traditional education systems.
Published by: Franzi Sessler in Publications