Author Archive for George Couros

George Couros, is currently the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning located at Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. The schools are from ages K-12, and he loves working with kids of all ages. He is passionate about distributed leadership within his school, and believes that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders, will help to ensure that educators meet the best needs of all children. You can learn more about George on his own blog entitled "The Principal of Change".

Busy or annoyed?

I love reading leadership articles and books, and no matter how many times there is a “5 Qualities of  a Great Leader” type article, I tend to eat it up, even thought a lot of the information is similar.  In an…

Checklist or Art Form?

As I was watching a video on “professional learning” this morning, the speaker was discussing the importance of our time to increase results, and something kind of dawned upon me.  There seems to be two “camps” on education “reform” that I have…

Learning Before You Innovate

The emphasis on “creation” in schools is crucial, yet it does not mean that consumption is not crucial in the process.  Several years ago, I saw John Medina speak (the author of “Brain Rules“), and he said something that resonated…

How Quickly Things Change

If you have never seen the “Blockbuster Offers a Glimpse of Movie Renting Past”, it is a great (and funny) piece that promotes some great conversations on how quickly things can become obsolete: It is a great video to discuss how…

Beautifully Out of Reach

This lovely woman came up to me during my session the other day, and talked about how she just signed up for Twitter.  She then shared, that she always gets excited for these days, but then struggles because she realizes…

Finding the Good Problems

Working with a group of administrators in a workshop, the participants seemed to be evenly split into districts that were either “1 to 1″ (1 laptop/tablet per students) and those that weren’t.  I was asked by one of the administrators…

Finding a Way

I love this little video on how the “desk” has changed over the years: (Originally from http://bestreviews.com/electronics#evolution-of-the-desk) I was reminded of this when talking to a superintendent in the United States about why so many school districts south of the border…

Innovation To Best Practice

  This has been something dancing around my head on the notion and process of innovation in education, and how it connects to “best practice”.  This is a space to share that learning. In “The Innovator’s Mindset“, I define the…

Perspective and Defining a New Reality

The following tweet was shared with me and kind of struck a nerve: 12 Barriers To Innovation In Education https://t.co/lYGsrtyTI7 pic.twitter.com/wfZrYWamN9 — TeachThought (@TeachThought) February 4, 2016 This post, originally shared in 2014, talks about some of the traditional barriers…

Learner-Centered Design

Greg Whitby shared this post by Richard Branson, referencing the book, “The End of Average” by Todd Rose (how is that for an “inception” sentence to start off a blog post!). In it, he shares a great story of end-user…

Ways To Set Up Others for Success

As leaders, it is important to ensure that help is provided to people to become their “best self” through the process.  I love the idea of sometimes “super-sizing” their job, meaning that we put them in situations that are “above”…

3 Reasons Why All Learning is Personal

Personalized learning is something that educators have talked about for a long time, but I am really struggling with the term.  I have talked about the idea and differences between “individualized and personalized” learning before, but really, all learning is…