Innovator's Mindset Chapter 10 Less is More

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1. Everything should be made as simple as possible not simpler. -Albert Einstein

2. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. -Hans Hofmann

3. What we teach in school is the opposite of what happens in the real world. In school it is about minimums. In the real world, less is more.

3.1. If we are creating leaders, the Less is More rule is a good one to teach.

4. The Paradox of Choice

4.1. Barry Schwartz explains, "Living in a world with so much choice can make us miserable."

4.2. When people have no choice, life is almost unbearable.

4.3. The number of choices has grown in our lifetime, it has made our consumer culture, autonomy, control and liberation powerful and positive.

4.3.1. As the number of choices keeps growing, negative aspects escalates until we become overloaded.

4.3.1.1. Example: If we have only one choice, and it isn't perfect, we can live with it because there was no choice. But if there are hundreds of choices, and the one we make turns out imperfect although a great choice, we can't help but think about how it could have been better if we made a different choice.

5. "If we are going to go deep, rather than wide and shallow, we have to change the mindset that every new idea, even good ideas, must be immediately implemented.

5.1. Instead of doing everything, let's focus on what we want learners to know and do and select and master resources to create those learning experiences.

6. A Focus on Creation

6.1. "Creativity is where we start to think differently,and innovation is where creativity comes to life."

6.1.1. "The first goal is to get students to see themselves as creators because the real learning begins when students create."

7. Learning is non-linear,

8. Some people wonder, what about the basics?

8.1. "Reading, writing, and numbers have to be the floor, not the ceiling.", Yong Zhao

8.1.1. Starting with the student in the center, the next focus is on the skills of literacy and numeracy. From there, education expands to discussing skills, such as collaboration and leadership, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, social responsibility, communication, digital literacy, and lifelong learning.

8.2. How does this look in the classroom? Instead of having elementary students write in journals, giving you a whole class full of journals to read and respond to. Have students write in their portfolios and respond to five other classmate's entries.