Learning and Innovation

 From the P21 Framework

Learning and Innovation Skills: 

Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. 

A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.

Think Creatively
  • Idea Creation Techniques
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (incremental concepts)
  • Create new and worthwhile ideas (radical concepts)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts

Work Creatively with Others
  • Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
  • View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes

Implement Innovations
  • Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur.

Learning and Innovation is subdivided into the following skills.  These are the skills needed to achieve the "Lifelong Learner" goals that most schools have.  They also increase motivation which improve learning outcomes.   

Critical Thinking
Problem Solving
(Expert Thinking) 
(Complex Communicating)
(Applied Imagination and Invention)

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