So I have your attention now.
This is not going to be a negative run on education, don’t worry. Every method of teaching has its merits and appropriate uses. We just need to find when these are appropriate and how we can inspire our students to discovery.
Discovery as we saw about the slow hunch gives us an opportunity to explore not only how innovation works and the space that create these opportunities, but how do we keep our students engaged so that they are a part of the conversation?
If we consider Kenneth Robinson’s death valley problem…
… we have the opportunity to have fun again in the classroom with our students.
Instead of asking our students to fit a mold we can have them interact through active co-learning and begin to bring life back to death valley with these collisions of slow hunches that Steven Johnson describes.
Steven Johnson also describes something called the adjacent possible that ties into this slow hunch method of innovation. It is not only people but materials and the surroundings that contribute to successful and productive innovation.
It sounds simple, but it is not simplistic. If we are to be engaging and intriguing educators we need distill our topics for others. If we cannot simplify complex things for our students and show how it applies to them or is similar to something they already do, then they will not be connected and may have difficulty learning together or alone. So how can we give our students the adjacent possible that they may not yet see? How and why should we guide them to more discovery?
What we need to do as teachers is ask our students and ourselves–
What is worth learning?