Unlearning and Innovation

The Steep Unlearning Curve” might have been my favorite article I have read this entire semester. I feel that I have already unlearned a lot as a teacher and as a learner. To look outside the box and view things from many angles to show it or learn from it. I agree with Richardson’s ten ideas about what needs to be unlearned. Especially the idea “We need to unlearn the idea that every student needs to learn the same content when really what they need to learn is how to self-direct their own learning.” If when in school I could have learned what I wanted to learn about, especially in college, instead of taking pointless generals and electives that I didn’t give two hoots about, I would have been a much more successful student. And that is evident in my grades. I love history, and almost all my history classes I received an A or B. I hate math, barely got a D, hate English, it has taken me many attempts to pass comp two, enjoyed communications, got A’s in those classes as well. We need to quit forcing requirements on students and let them learn what they want to be the most successful person they can be without wasting their time. I agree one hundred percent we need to unlearn the idea of what school is and start from a new perspective, or perspectives.

As far as being an innovative learner I felt it looped back to being a “hacker”. You are trying to make the education system better and I love it. We as teachers must constantly adapt, and change, to a new generation of learners to get information across. It is so vital that more people understand this! Use new tools and technologies, try new teaching techniques! Couros nailed it on the head in “The Mindset of an Innovater” when he said “I am an innovative educator and I will continue to ask “what is best for learners”.  With this empathetic approach, I will create and design learning experiences with that question as a starting point.” To many teachers now a days are just throwing recycled garbage from previous years at students and it is pointless. Adapt, what is new in your field, what can you use to get your point across to new students? What worked and what didn’t? I plan on being the most innovative learner I can be as a teacher and I hope it passes down to my students.


30 Day Create Challenge Part 3 (21-30

TDC147 A Photo of stone, water, and clouds


TDC350 A photo of one thing not like the other two


TDC1192 Signs spring is here, straw cowboy hats!


TDC1171 Draw batman in 15 seconds


TDC225 Narrate a normal event as an emergency

TDC423 A video of bubbles

TDC1084 Hunt aliens bravely

TDC957 A guided tour of my closet

TDC1156 Marshmallow Sculpture

30 Day Create Challenge Part 2 (11-20)

TDC356 A photo that represents the end, termination

TDC410 A photo of my fondest memory, my first college rodeo!

TDC470 A Photo of a wide range of colors

TDC1113  A Word Painting

TDC869 An image of something that would not be without my mom, this awesome family!

TDC507 A picture of repeating patterns
TDC patterns

TDC1001 I Feel Like A…
I feel like TDC

TDC1158 Your Favorite moment in the past week. Getting cleared for graduation!


A Poem about Strangers

He set pop the down
She said that’s one ninety nine
He paid and said thanks

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I said “What’s R816?”, to on older man with a mustache and all denim clothes on. He said “A young bull I just bought I asked “What side he would be out of?” to which he replied “Left, but I’m not sure what he will do”. I said “thanks” and went to find him.