Throughout the United States, schools are seeking new ideas for incorporating innovation into the classroom.
The Godley Intermediate School District is doing just that. Since the start of the school year, they are using technology on all four campuses. More than technology, they are working with their teachers to bring innovations into the classroom.
According to superintendent Rich Dear, Innovation Specialist Don Wettrick came to the district before school started to work with teachers on incorporating innovations into their everyday schedule.
“He came and we changed our calendar and made that first Friday of the school year the teacher in-service day,” Dear said. “He came and talked to all of our teachers all day, hung out with us and went to the football game.”
Wettrick is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20 Percent Time to the Next Level.” He worked with the teachers to engage students, while reinforcing the five C’s: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and character.
“With our focus on PBL — project based learning and problem based learning — it is more about the process than the product,” Dear said.