Eric Weinstein says that we must, "Think or die!"
Sounds a bit extreme, doesn't it? To put it in context, this quote comes from an interview discussing his opinions on change, innovation, and status quo. Doing nothing of significant difference is like like death.
He also says that simply choosing a different tool out of your toolbox is not innovation. He believes that true innovation comes from creating new tools.
Educators talk all the time about needing more tools in their toolboxes to meet the needs of every learner. Which tool will be the ONE that fixes the kid that has always struggled??? Indeed, it is one of our toughest challenges! How do I strive to help each and every single student find success in my classroom and in my school?
By the time a child has struggled through a few years on your campus, there is a good chance that every tool you own and quite a few borrowed ones have been tried on the kid. There is not a single tool, strategy, program, or app that has succeeded for this kid. Now what? Time to create a new tool! Time to do something different!
How far outside of the ordinary are you willing to go? How much difference are you willing to allow to create a successful learning experience for this kid? Remember, nothing has worked so far. Will a little bit of difference make the difference? Or...do you need to do things that have never been done before?
Be brave, have fun, and create something new!