‘I’ statements of Learning

Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not. These skills include: creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem solving, communication & collaboration. Below is a summary of skills and dispositions for an innovation mindset. These critical dispositions are turned into ‘I’ statements which turn rather abstract concepts into statements we can all imagine. I hope it helps to make your impact.

innovation mindset

An innovation mindset is a combination of a growth-, maker and team mindset. Within the mindsets we assume that complementary critical thinking, problem solving, and communication expectations are well communicated. Below is a summary of skills and dispositions for an innovation mindset.

Growth mindset:

The student:

– Knows effort matters, takes initiative around opportunity;

– Meets goals by doing quality work.

The teacher:

– Knows how they learn best;

– Define problems, opportunities, and solutions in terms of value creation;

– Resilience to overcome failure.

Maker mindset:

The student:

– Exhibits curiosity and resourcefulness;

– Locate/use tools to complete tasks;

– Learn from setbacks.

The teacher:

– Leads design thinking, uses “and” thinking to resolve tough dilemmas;

– User-centric iterative strategies;

– Pursue personal fulfillment by defining purpose and creating value.

Team mindset:

The student:

– Collaborate to identify and create solutions;

– Understand multiple points of view;

– Asks for help when needed.

The teacher:

– Proactively “expand the pie” to make an impact;

– Substantiate claims with data and facts;

– Develops social capital by delivering value and exhibiting trustworthiness.


‘I’ statement

The idea of an ‘I’ statement comes from author Bernie Trilling who has been thinking about career preparation and powerful learning experiences for a long time. He compiled a set of critical dispositions and turned them into “I” statements which turn rather abstract concepts into statements we can all imagine. Bringing this to the growth + maker + team mindset you will find some statements students should be able to use and record in a digital portfolio/cv.

Growth mindset:

– Growth mindset: I can learn!
– Self-efficacy and confidence: I can do this!
– Goal setting and managing: I can reach my goals!
– Persistence and Resilience: I can overcome setbacks!
– Metacognition: I know myself and what I need to do!

Maker mindset:

– Curiosity: I’m interested in learning!
– Creativity: I ask what if? Why not?
– Purpose and relevance: This is important to me!
– Contribution: I can create value!

Team mindset:

– Social belonging: I belong here!
– Understanding: I appreciate that point of view!
– Social capital: I can get the help I need!

now what?

There is such widespread agreement that effort matters and that collaboration skills are absolutely vital. Besides it appears that than entrepreneurial behaviour is extremely valuable. If that is the case, we owe it to students to create learning experiences where they can develop these dispositions and the associated skills! We than have to encourage development, reflection and provide regular feedback to students. I will contribute everyday! Do you?

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