Innovative Learning

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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:
  1. Students should be at the center of what happens in the classroom, recognizing learning is a social practice and can't happen alone.
  2. Emotions are a necessary part of learning in the classroom and help determine a student's level of motivation to learn.
  3. Students need to be challenged, but knowing just how much to challenge each student is a necessity, realizing all learners are different.
  4. Assessment should be used for learning to help gauge how to effectively structure a lesson.
  5. 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. 
  6. Failure, and learning from it, should be an idea that is embraced and explored.