I’ll never forget getting a call from 2 team members after they had led an all day workshop. I had barely answered the phone and they were telling me everything that they perceived “went wrong” and how disappointed they were with different aspects of the day. I listened and commiserated (because I have definitely had… Read More 5 Characteristics of a Culture that Values Growth and Development
We are taking part in the Innovator’s Mindset #IMMOOC Collaborative blog challenge. This post is co-written by Annick Rauch and Katie Martin. If we told you that blogging could be one of the most powerful tools for professional development, would you believe us? I (Katie) started blogging after a less than gentle nudge from George… Read More The Power of Blogging for Professional Development #IMMOOC
Many of us have heard and often live by the Golden Rule: Treat other as you want to be treated. This is the basis of how we often expect others to interact and what it means to treat one another with respect. This was a rule in almost every classroom or sport I was in… Read More Support Looks Different for Different People #IMMOOC
“The secret killer of innovation is shame. You can’t measure it, but it’s there. Every time someone holds back on a new idea, fails to give their manager much needed feedback, and is afraid to speak up in front of a client, you can be sure shame played a part. The deep fear we all… Read More What’s Holding You Back? #IMMOOC
How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we start to innovate inside of the box? What does innovation mean for education, and should every educator be an innovator? These are questions that George Couros addresses in his book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”, and will continue to dig deeper… Read More Join us for the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC Starting on 2/27 #IMMOOC
What does your ideal classroom look like? I asked a district leader a while back what his ideal classroom looked like and he responded, “It’s hard to put my finger on it but I know it when I see it.” This response is more common than not. Think about that for a minute. If… Read More What does your ideal classroom look like?
Innovation as George Couros defines it in the Innovator’s Mindset is a way of thinking that creates something new and better. So why is innovation necessary in education? There is wide agreement that we need to rethink the outdated factory model of education to meet the needs of all learners in our schools. Increasing access to… Read More Is Innovation in Education Necessary?
I love hearing how educators are shifting their thinking about learning, teaching, and leading as they read The Innovator’s Mindset. It is amazing to see what happens when educators connect about ideas in the book build on these ideas to impact those in diverse communities around the world. For this reason I am excited to facilitate the Innovator’s… Read More The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC
Establishing a shared vision amongst diverse stakeholders is critical when trying to implement wide-scale change. Cultivating a shared vision requires “practices aimed at identifying new opportunities for the school, and developing, articulating, and inspiring others with a vision of the future” (Ng, 2008, p. 5). When systems struggle to meet desired goals, it is often a result of… Read More 6 Questions to Align Your Vision, Policies, and Practices
It’s been 15 year since I opened the doors to my first group of 7th graders and I can remember it like it was yesterday. I moved across the pacific ocean from San Diego to Oahu, Hawaii to teach 7th graders. Many thought I was crazy and maybe I was. To this day I will never… Read More Why We Must Invest in Relationships First