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Thinking Space - Creating Innovators
Thinking Space -
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
by Tony Wagner
Linked videos from book
Notes, Questions, Comments
Seven Survival Skills
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
"... the heart of critical thinking and problem solving is the ability to ask the right questions."
How does this overlap with curiosity?
Collaboration and Leadership
"Teamwork is no longer just about working with others in your building."
Mike Summers “Kids just out of school have an amazing lack of preparedness in general leadership skills and collaborative skills. They lack the ability to influence.”
Agility and Adaptability
Tool flexibility belongs here, in problem solving, and in imagination. What others cross skills like that?
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
Effective Oral and Written Communication
What counts as "written" communication in the age of hyperlinks, multimedia, and collaboration?
Accessing and Analyzing Information
Curiosity and Imagination
Finding interesting questions
Finding worthwhile questions
Finding topics of interest
Imagining something different - sometimes deciding to make that reality
Is this where creativity springs from? Would that then overlap with Entrepreneurialism? Adaptability? (Creative) Problem-Solving?
There are so many of these
, what are the differences? Which one should I use?
What Motivates the "Digital Natives"
Instant gratification and "always-on" connection
Use web for 1) extending friendships, 2) self-directed learning, 3) self-expression
Constantly connected, creating, and multitasking, except in school
Less fear and respect for authority - accustomed to learning from peers; want coaching, but only from adults who don't talk down to them
Want to "make a dent in the universe" and do interesting/worthwhile work
Culture of Schooling vs Culture of Innovation
Collaboration Versus Individual Achievement
Multidisciplinary Learning Versus Specialization
Trial and Error Versus Risk Avoidance
Creating Versus Consuming
Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation
Play, Passion, Purpose
It's no longer just what you know, but what you can do with what you know.
Gaming - I'm not sure his understanding of gaming is as nuanced as his understanding of other areas. I wonder what he would think of JSB's take on gaming in
A New Culture of Learning
belong in those skills above? How can grit not be part skill, it is definitely more than a trait.
The outlier teachers/profs - Where do they come from? How do they get hired in a school district? How do they get nurtured instead of co-opted?
Mentioned In Book
Deborah Meier 5 Habits of Mind
How To Kill Creativity Article
Three Components of Creativity
Mission Hill School
Not to be confused with Costa and Kallick's
Habits of Mind
Evidence: How do we know what’s true and false? What evidence counts? How sure can we be? What makes it credible to us? This includes using the scientific method, and more.
Viewpoint: How else might this look like if we stepped into other shoes? If we were looking at it from a different direction? If we had a different history or expectation? This requires the exercise of informed “empathy” and imagination. It requires flexibility of mind.
Connections/Cause and Effect: Is there a pattern? Have we seen something like this before? What are the possible consequences?
Conjecture: Could it have been otherwise? Supposing that? What if…? This habit requires use of the imagination as well as knowledge of alternative possibilities. It includes the habits described above.
Relevance: Does it matter? Who cares?
Other Related Ideas
Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School
Succeeding When You're Supposed to Fail and the 6 principles of high achievement
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