Through my experiences as a teacher candidate, I strongly believe that the Education for Innovation resources are an essential component to cultivating a culture of innovation in our schools. Innovation is not an isolated learning experience that fits into one portion of our instructional day. Instead, it is an ongoing process that continually takes place in the ideas and actions of our students. As teachers, we need to provide students with innovative opportunities that foster learning and support their passions and interests. Through the Education for Innovation resources, I have seen first hand how one idea for an innovation project can improve students’ confidence and skills, and also inspire them to take their learning beyond the classroom walls.
– Presley Sibbick
Our classroom focus on Innovation has been very rewarding this year. [ … ] These innovation-related experiences created much new learning and awareness. Most importantly, we created a community of innovators in our classroom[…]Children learned that innovation requires collaboration and teamwork. I would often start the activity time by saying, “Let the innovation begin” and the children then knew that teamwork time was beginning!
– Judy Scholtz, Junior and Senior Kindergarten/Early Years Teacher. St. Nicholas School, Waterloo, ON
Canadian youth are naturally inquisitive and innovative!
The Education for Innovation (E4I) resources are designed to guide learners through the various phases of the Innovation Cycle, from Inquiry to Implementation. Educators may use these resources with youth to develop innovation and problem-solving skills in classrooms and other settings. Strategies, templates, and assessment tools can be adapted by educators to any subject or curriculum area. Let’s celebrate and cultivate Canada’s culture of innovation!