Students As Inventors

On the other end of the spectrum, student’s interests, intelligence, and creativity needs to be fostered. Depending on when our students enter our classroom, we can have more influence on them then we realize. Our fear in the school systems today, is that discipline and “mindlessness” have taken over the curriculum and implementation. In science settings, students are faced with limited materials, blank worksheets, and are told what should interest them based on standards.

Conversely, how interesting would it be to walk into a classroom where students are sporadically sitting wherever they choose rather then at their desks, each group or individual they are learning different things based on what they find interesting, and classroom is alive with questions and collaboration among one another? The sad part is that not every classroom incorporates this ideology, but the great part is that we as future or current teachers can model this and promote the inventive mindset.

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