Creating Innovators


“PLAY leads to PASSION and passion leads to PURPOSE!”

For the past three summers, I attended the Columbia University – Teacher College’s Reading and Writing Institute where I have learned theories and ways to effectively implement the reading and writing workshop.  In addition, every day, we were graced with a key-note speaker.  One key note speaker was Dr. Tony Wagner.  He is the author of the book Creating Innovators: the making of young people who will change the world.  He inspired me so much that I bought his book.  I got to meet him and he signed the book for me too.  The book is an eye-opener to education and the future of innovation.  If you are looking for a book to read, I suggest this one.  A matter of fact, I believe that every parent, teacher, administrator,  inventor, and business owner should read this book!  If you would like to borrow my copy, let me know!  But beware, I have a lot of notes in the margins!  Or, buy your own copy HERE.  Also, visit Dr. Wagner’s website:

IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators such as Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded a company that builds bicycle-powered maize shellers in Tanzania, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Wagner identifies a pattern—a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators.

Wagner shows how we can apply this knowledge as educators and what parents can do to compensate for poor schooling. He takes readers into the most forward-thinking schools, colleges, and workplaces in the country, where teachers and employers are developing cultures of innovation based on collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. The result is a timely, provocative, and inspiring manifesto that will change how we look at our schools and workplaces, and provide us with a road map for creating the change makers of tomorrow.
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