I’m currently reading a book called Jugaad Innovation, authored by Radjou, Prabhu and Ahuja. “Jugaad” in Hindi means ingenious solutions to problems or turn adversity into opportunities. The six guiding principles behind the Jugaad Innovation are a) seek opportunity in adversity, b) do more with less, c) Think and act flexible, d) Keep it simple, e) Include the margin, f) Follow your heart. I’ve seen different jugaad-in-action classrooms and schools all over the world- from the biggest things like having a non-traditional approach to education and starting an education revolution, to the little things like using old mineral water bottles as pencil holders. Big or small, they equally inspire me to be a classroom innovator.
As I read through the different stories of individuals and companies who succeeded through innovation, this line made an impact on me:
“When you listen to your customers, you merely react to needs; when you empathize with customers, you anticipate their needs; but when you truly love your customers, you surprise them by introducing them to products they can’t even fathom.”– Mauro Porcini, 3M Head of Global Strategic Design
This made me ask:
- How often do we surprise our students?
- What do we do to make our students go ‘wow’?
- What something new do we do in the classroom?
- How often do we do something new in the class?
- How is innovation celebrated in our class?
- Are there any new ideas we are willing to fight for?
- What ideas do we have that seem outrageous but are helpful?
- Have you done anything risky for the betterment of the students?
- Do we follow our hearts in the classroom?
- How else do we show our love for our students?
I think we educators should consider ourselves not only as people who facilitate the class, but as artists who are capable of designing and engineering to solve problems, to do something for the marginalized, and to do something…inspiring– not only for our students, but for everyone else who cares.
Maybe the true signs of love for students are not just measured by how much we listen and feel for them. Love for students is also measured by how we apply creativity in the classroom- to think out of the box and go out of our comfort zone for solutions that will address the issues in the classroom despite limitations, risks and personal struggles.
Are you a ‘jugaad’ in the classroom?
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn – Alvin Toffle
I must admit, thinking about 21st century teaching and learning can be very overwhelming…but we all gotta try and start somewhere. Things we should know about 21st century learning:
9 Characteristics of 21st Century Learning
21st Century Learning Model
“If you don’t have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy. ”
“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
“The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.”
“Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.”
“The future always comes too fast and in the wrong order.”
“To survive, to avert what we have termed future shock, the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before. We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots – religion, nation, community, family, or profession – are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust. It is no longer resources that limit decisions, it is the decision that makes the resources.”
“Educators from around the world are invited to participate in the new #pypchat. Inspired by the success of other Twitter chats such as #elemchat, #pypchat was created to provide PYP teachers with an opportunity to come together and share thoughts, experiences and strategies ~ to learn from and with each other.”
As a PYP teacher, this site has been helping me A LOT. It is such a warm community of teachers and school staff, all trying to help everyone with their teaching and learning. I feel valued in this community even if I just joined recently. The members are very inspiring, too!
Encouraging ALL teachers and school staff: http://pypchat.wikispaces.com/