This essay focuses on Curious Innovators approach learning. it is crucial to developing our creative potential.4 A curious attitude is one of childlike
Curiosity is the essential prerequisite for creativity and innovation, and it must be cultivated through opportunities to explore and engage new interests. Our attention is limited, so where we choose to focus it is crucial to developing our creative potential.4 A curious attitude is one of childlike openness—seeking, expecting, and motivated by a strong desire to learn. Curiosity opens up new possibilities and fuels inquiry and persistence.
A rigid learning environment is the enemy of curiosity.5 Innovators Are Curious Innovators approach learning with childlike, open minds and curious attitudes that have been nurture early in life. Steve Jobs’s parents encouraged his love of reading, and his father involved him in a love of all things mechanical. At a young age, Steve was exploring electronics with his neighbor, an engineer at Hewlett Packard.
Einstein’s constant questions in school result in him being label a troublemaker.6 In a sense, curiosity is the molecular basis for “the innovator’s DNA.”7 The innovator’s skills of associating (making new connections), questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting are all driven by an insatiable curiosity. While as educators we don’t have control over all learning environments, we can create a talent-targeted culture that supports and rewards curiosity. How to Create a Curiosity Talent Goal Learners demonstrate curiosity as they seek new ideas; ask thoughtful, searching questions; and observe, explore, and investigate in different environments. Some learners will have a natural inclination to be curious with a greater frequency, depth, or complexity.
Explicitly creating goals to target this aptitude provides opportunities to accelerate their talent. At the same time, talent-targeted goals encourage all learners’ curiosity to emerge and progress. Learners demonstrate curiosity as they seek new ideas; ask thoughtful, searching questions; and observe, explore, and investigate in different environments. There four • Teach the Seven Aptitudes of Innovators 57 Table 4.2 Student-Directed Talent Goals: Seven Aptitudes of Innovators 1. Curiosity I demonstrate curiosity by being open to explore new ideas and experiences, asking thoughtful questions, observing, and investigating. 2. Logical Reasoning I use logical reasoning to draw conclusions and make arguments that are based on facts and premises.
to solve problems in a clear and sensible way. 3. Creativity I express creativity through new or unusual ideas that are imaginative or inventive. I start and complete new projects based on my ideas. 4. Insight I use insight to recognize patterns, make connections, and understand relationships. I can apply what I have learned in new situations. 5. Persistence I demonstrate persistence when I
focus energy and effort on a task; I continue working even when it is difficult, trying different methods to improve and refine. 6. Metacognition I use metacognition to understand how I think, learn, and solve problems and use that knowledge to complete tasks, improve my work, and learn from my mistakes. 7. Leadership I demonstrate leadership when I pay attention to people’s needs and concerns, develop a positive plan of action, and organize others to achieve a goal.
Firstly, be keen
Further, be smart
Further, be fast
Lastly, integrity issues
lastly, be creative
Finally, be innovative