The wheel of educational innovation

At the last ACCPQ convention, there was talk of innovation in schools and the role of educational advisers in supporting everything. Our collaborator Laurie tells us about the stages and the process of commitment towards this state of innovation.

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During the ACCPQ congress on october 29th, it was a question of pedagogical innovation in schools and the role of pedagogical advisers. So what is the role of each stakeholder in this process? For the teacher, it is certainly a question of entering a gear: the wheel of innovation! 

To innovate is to do things differently, to dare to change things to offer something new, unheard of in a specific context. In a classroom setting, innovation is different for everyone: no one is at the same point on the long road that is teaching practice. Each small step is evidence of development that leads to new skills or competencies in the person who commits. 

First step: open the door

In the proper sense, opening the door amounts to allowing specialists, educational advisers and colleagues to enter the classroom (physically or otherwise) so that they can bear witness to what is being done there. On the other hand, before opening this door, we must open the door in our head, the one that lets in new ideas, the one that puts us in a vulnerable position. Vulnerability is not approached here in a pejorative sense, but in a sense of openness and progression. Opening the door to our professional development puts us in a learning position. Sometimes uncomfortable at first, we should not underestimate the importance of daring to push our limits.

Concretely, it is possible to open up to strategies such as the flipped classroom for example for the use of unknown applications, the application of impact techniques with certain students, etc. Sky's the limit! The important thing is to recognize the great value of help and to accept it in a benevolent way. Opening the door does not mean that teaching practice is faulty or inappropriate, on the contrary. Someone who wants to add strings to their bow demonstrates professionalism.  

Step 2: Continue with the process and provide follow-up

After opening and collecting comments and ideas, we must continue to engage. The beginning of the innovation process is the time to test, make mistakes, start over and go further in what you want to implement. Therefore, it will be important and interesting to call in specialists. With digital technology, a host of resources are available remotely, we can continue our progress towards innovation with the help of online self-study platforms, videos, articles, etc. 

To take an example cited in the first step of the educational innovation process, a teacher who wishes to apply the inverted classroom principle can invite an educational advisor to observe him and discuss a concept to be addressed with this practice. Once the content has been chosen and the process initiated, the teacher undertakes to follow up on the difficulties encountered. For his part, the pedagogical advisor must take news and suggest interesting resources to support the process of his learner. This is where the trust in the educational innovation process takes on.  

Third step: shine 

With colleagues, on social networks, or in any other way, it is important to promote the results of the educational innovation process. Why? To infect others! After seeing the success of the process, other teachers will probably decide to try the same thing. How? 'Or' What? By publishing the documents created, by testifying to your approach, by offering images (authorized, of course) or by telling their colleagues about your experience. Or? Facebook, Twitter, the dining room, in short, where you will be comfortable. This is how the wheel operates: the radiation of some will open the door to others. The world of education can then become a huge wheel of sharing, development and benevolence. Let's innovate!

Our team can support you in your professional development thanks to CréaCamp trainings, which will allow you to discover tools and strategies that will make you want to innovate!

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About the Author

Laurie Couture
Laurie Couture
A high school French teacher and contributor to various blogs, Laurie Couture is passionate about writing and for the innovative aspect of education: how can you change your ways of doing things to improve your method? She loves to discover, discuss and develop about convincing practices related to technologies. Using digital technology, she aspires to set up projects and documents responding to current trends and proposing new approaches.

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