Education has been done the same way for decades, if not centuries. But the world today looks far different than the world of yesteryear, and the future only promises more changes. Shouldn't we be educating today's youth in a way that addresses the needs of a dynamic, creative, empathetic tomorrow?
First and foremost - we don't know what tomorrow will actually look like. But that is the key reason for shifting the current model of education: to assist students in developing the skills that will allow them to navigate with confidence through uncertainty and change.
What skills might students need for the future ahead? The Canadian Council of Ministers of Education has suggested six Global Competencies within the traditional framework of numeracy and literacy. These Global Competencies are:
critical thinking and problem solving
innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship
learning to learn/self-awareness and self-direction
global citizenship and sustainability
With the focus on developing these skills in all courses of study, course curriculum can naturally fall into place. iHub research has discovered that when Global Competencies are the framework for a project, students are still able to cover curriculum, and are notably more engaged.
HOW DO WE INNOVATE EDUCATION?
So... how can we innovate education? Let's start from the bottom up and with the same mindset we are trying to cultivate: failure is essential, trying new things is life-enriching, exploring our creativity is how we grow, taking action on our ideas is how we make a difference. And let me repeat: failure is essential.
Let's support teachers in taking risks, trying alternative educative methods, incorporating themes and projects they are passionate about, and learning how to improve their methodologies. Innovating education means allowing teachers to innovate.
iHUB'S ROLE IN INNOVATING EDUCATION
iHub research demonstrates that experiential, personalized, entrepreneurial, problem and project-based approaches to learning yield superior results with regards to Global Competency development and student engagement. We are supporting teachers by directly funding projects of this nature one classroom at a time.
But it doesn't stop there. For innovation to flourish, ideas and methods not only need to be practiced, but shared as well. Through the collaboration and communication of teachers across districts, best-practices can be developed and continually improved. It is within iHub's mission to be a "hub" for the collective to share and learn among their peers and connect with their communities as well.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As New Brunswick's Deputy Minister of Education, Chris Treadwell, put it: " Education is everyone's business." We must all do our part to not only assist students in developing their skills and reaching their goals, but also to help teachers curate environments where this can best happen.
Many of iHub's grants rely on community engagement. From visits to local businesses, to collaborative projects with senior care facilities, to hosting entrepreneurial fairs end more, there are many opportunities to get involved!
And if you're not sure how you or your business can help, contact iHub and we can talk about sponsorship opportunities to support grant projects!
Overall, let's support students and teachers by allowing them the opportunity to be creative, have authentic learning experiences, and make mistakes to make improvements. Innovation is never lead by an easy, clear path, but with an open mind, and passionate change-makers, who knows what can be achieved!