Divergent EDU Chapter Eight

Chapter 8: The Peak of the Hierarchy

Summary: When the holes are filled at the foundational levels of the hierarchy structure, it allows educators to have the best chance at being successful in innovative efforts. It does not, however, guarantee that. They still need to choose to take that path. Innovation is a personal journey and not something you can be forced into doing. It’s messy and failure needs to be accepted as part of the learning process. Divergence is the act of thinking and doing outside the box, moving outside your comfort zone, acknowledging and challenging assumptions, being forward-thinking, and using known and recognizing/learning unknown information in decision-making.

Guiding Questions:

  1. The book discusses a definition for innovation and divergent thinking. What would your definition be? Would your definition be the same as you feel your district would define it?
  2. Who in your district, do you feel is responsible for setting the tone in regard to innovation and divergent thinking? Are they successful? Why or why not?
  3. Where are you on your journey? Where do you want to go? Who can help you get there? List three goals that you feel would make you more innovative or a more divergent thinker and the names of people who can support you on your journey.
  4. Think about the people you work with on a daily basis. How can you lift them up if they are not as far on their journey as you are?
  5. Where can you begin tomorrow? Write down three short-term action steps for moving forward.