Teachers: Promoting an Inventive Mindset

by
Erin Dye
Giovanna Santimauro

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Introduction

As teachers we are faced with the responsibility of educating and influencing future children that will affect the world we live in. There are many great outcomes from this privilege, however there are many ways that we as teachers can detrimentally disadvantage our students through the use of poor instruction and strategy. It seems more apparent now then ever, that teachers use control and discipline to manipulate their classroom and students. However we know from research from Alfie Kohn, Howard Gardner, and many more that these teaching strategies are not the most beneficial for both our students and us as teachers.

According to Webster’s Dictionary,the definition of an inventor is : to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment. Considering this, teachers are in fact inventors. Our product is our student; who through the use of our “ingenious” thinking and strategy, and through experimentation of intervention and trial and error, our product can possibly change the world as we know it.

We chose this topic because of the importance it plays in our future careers. So many times during our practicum and lectures we see that the focus is on what the students need to learn, what the students need to get out of the unit or year, but in reality we as teachers need just as much focus. The purpose of this information is to provide ways and teaching strategies in order to create inventive mindsets in all classroom community members and what the outcome will be.


Teachers As Inventors

Students As Inventors

Concepts You Will Find

Engagement, Inquiry, and Finished Product

Sub Units, Inquiries, Inquiry Questions, and Data Analysis

Transdisciplinary Opportunities and Patterns

Ways to Assess

Invention Theme Implementation


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