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Digital Teaching and Learning @PCHS │ April 10, 2017

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Innovation is a Process

As I helped prepare for some recent meetings, I was reminded of our Mission as a SILT Strand School and that we are a School of Innovative Learning and Technology. As I reflected on what it meant to be an innovative school, I was reminded of a post I had just read. I'm sharing that post here with permission from the author, George Couros. George Couros is a learner, educator and author. His blog post, "Innovate Together," is centered around a poem written for an event of his by Najwa Zebian, an author and poet.

Innovate Together

We say that necessity is the mother of invention

But we want to invent new things using

Our same old ways.

We want to innovate without recognizing that innovating

Ends with I-N-G.

To say that I want to walk is not the same as actually


To say that I want to run is not the same as actually


To say that I want to innovate

Is not the same as innovate-ING.

To innovate, I cannot stay in one place.

I have to move.

I have to change.

I have to climb steep slopes and mountains.

I have to look closely sometimes, dissect and analyze.

And other times I have to put the world

Beneath my feet or

On top of my head to see

The bigger picture.

To innovate, I have to move.

I have to change.

But that does not mean that where I am has no value.

This place is full of knowledge that

Years have designed.

But this place is too comfortable.

Too safe.

Too familiar.

And it seems that the world around me is changing

And it's too scary to leave this place but

What if...

I took from this place what could help me feel home as I move.

The lessons I learned.

The experiences I've gathered.

The human I've become?

What if I took things

Step by step.

What if I stopped and reflected on new things

That come my way?

What if I connected what's new with what I already know?

You see, in this place of "me", this bubble of "me", there's an invisible mirror that

always reminds me of me.

What if I changed this mirror to a window?

Magic can happen because

I don't just see myself, my stories, and my experiences

I start seeing the world.

Someone else with a story, an experience, a lesson to teach me.

And another person who's afraid to leave their place, too.

And another person who feels that the weight of the world is too heavy, too.


What if

I extended my hand to tell someone else

"me, too".

What if

I allowed my eyes to actually see what I am looking at,

To actually understand the place of someone else.

What if

I shared my place with someone else

And they shared theirs with me.

What if

We grew together.

What if

We changed together.

What if

We carried this weight together.

Took a risk together.

What if

We innovated together.

This "what if" is a blessing and a curse

Because I can say "what if I fail?"


What if I fail? I will learn.

At least I will know what doesn't work and change.

What if I fall down, I will get back up.

And the strength I gain to stand back up will make

Me better.

What if I stumble? I will become resilient.

What if I break? I will rebuild myself.

What if I fail? I will have a story to tell.

I will have someone to inspire.

I will have someone to lead

By example.

The teacher next door, across the hall, or downstairs.

The student who's afraid to fall, too.

The student who's afraid of leaving their own space, too.

Or the one who feels all alone.

Because to truly teach, I must not only look at,

But also see "who" I am teaching.

The humans that I am teaching.

And to include all of these humans,

I may have to take a few steps back

To the place that they are so


Can walk together,

Lift this weight together

Learn together,

Change together,

Evolve together,

So that we may innovate together.

This is really our first year as a 1:1 school. We're on a journey. It's a process, one that we can walk through together.

"Innovate Together" By Najwa Zebian

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