The Backwards Brain Bicycle experiment presented by the folks at SmarterEveryDay had a profound impact on me. Is it really that challenging to ride a backwards bicycle? Can one actually FORGET how to ride a normal bicycle? It was compelling to see that a rigid way of thinking (riding a normal bike) could prohibit one from learning a new skill (riding a backwards) bike. Only through months of dedicated, routine practice, can one "unlearn" the rigid way of thinking to make way for the new idea or skill.
The ideas for rituals and routines that will establish a culture of innovation in our schools will only be learned through dedicated, routine practice - with grit and determination. Through persistence, we might be able to "unlearn" roadblocks to innovation in our schools!