What does Ideation, Activator and Input Equal?
I have two TAs (Teacher's Assistants) during my 6th period. One has high Ideation. The other has high Activator. My daughter, who is a substitute teacher at the school has high Input. All were present for this story.
Last week, on Thursday, we were discussing ways we could bring "life" into the library. I thought of bringing in some more plants. The ones we had already brought in were flourishing under the care of my TAs. So, more is better, right?!
The kids all agreed that we could bring in more plants. "That's cool, Mrs. McGuire." But Ms. Ideation had many more ideas to throw out there. One was bringing in an incubator and hatching duck eggs. That would definitely be bringing "life" into the library, and since we study life science, this was a no-brainer.
That's all that Activator needed to hear. We not only need ducks, we need ducks NOW!
Which is when Input took over. Soon, we had lists of locations on where to purchase incubators, which were the best ones (we need one with an automatic turner), places to buy eggs, where we can return them when they are grown, etc.
Wait! Ideation thinks chickens might be better because we can use the eggs. (Not sure where we are going to use eggs in a library, but it was very interesting to hear this whole conversation play out!)
Activator: "Let's do it now!" (Of course!)
By the end of the 50 minute period the three of them basically had it all figured out.
I still went to the store to get plants, hoping that this conversation would be a thing of the past once they saw the beautiful peace lilies I bought.
By Friday afternoon, we had four baby chicks IN MY HOUSE! They are completely set up with heat lamps, water jars and feeding troughs.
So, what do Ideation + Activator + Input = ? It equals "Old McGuire's Farm!"