Innovative Learning, as we move forward in the 21st Century, will play an intricate role in education. The ability for students to build skills that are useful in a world, where jobs are information and knowledge-based is paramount. Students need to become self-directed learners with the ability to adapt.
There are several guiding principles to innovative learning:
- Students should be at the center of what happens in the classroom, recognizing learning is a social practice and can't happen alone.
- Emotions are a necessary part of learning in the classroom and help determine a student's level of motivation to learn.
- Students need to be challenged, but knowing just how much to challenge each student is a necessity, realizing all learners are different.
- Assessment should be used for learning to help gauge how to effectively structure a lesson.
- Learning needs to be connected across disciplines. Students need to know the connection between subjects and ideas in order to transfer skills and adapt to solving problems.
- Failure, and learning from it, should be an idea that is embraced and explored.