Innovation: Taking “Micromoments” and Maximizing Potential
In the coming weeks here at Yorktown Education, you’re likely to hear the word “innovation” quite a few times in terms of our Innovation Expo. Each year, we challenge the students to innovate to solve a problem. Some of the greatest ideas and solutions to problems have come from children, but often, those ideas are shut down by words like “not right now”, or “that’s a good idea, but it’s impossible”. No one is meaning to squander a child’s creativity or imagination, as sometimes these great ideas are in the middle of something completely different. These ideas are called “micromoments”, as coined by Dr. Ronald Beghetto, an expert in creativity currently at the University of Connecticut.
What we want to do with the Innovation Expo is take these “micromoments” and allow students to reach for their full creative potential in a topic that is interesting to them and work towards solutions to common (or uncommon) identified problems in the community. 1. Throughout the year, teachers at Yorktown Education encourage students to think critically and ask questions. These critical thinking skills that are encouraged are allowing students to not only think of questions to explore, but potential solutions.
Another way to recognize and encourage “micromoments” is to allow students to carry around a small notebook. This gives students a chance to write down their ideas to come back to at a later time if the current time is not ideal to explore their thoughts. These journals can become essential when students are able to explore their questions during Innovation Expo. Many times, our teachers also provide opportunities to explore these questions throughout the year during “Do What You Love” periods or Passion Projects.
You are invited to come see how our students are exploring their questions, finding their passions, and innovating through a tour of our school!
1 Beghetto, R. A. (2009). In search of the unexpected: Finding creativity in the micromoments of the classroom. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 3(1), 2-5.