Author: George

Just some thoughts swirling around in my mind… In the past few weeks, I have been discussing social-emotional learning and mental health with guests such as Tony Sinanis, Jody Carrington, and Mandy Froehlich. Why would I discuss these topics on a podcast about “Innovation” in education? This is from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “…at the heart … [Read more…]

Read More Taking Care of the Adults

You can listen to the whole podcast on this topic with some added stories on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, on YouTube.     One of the comments I keep hearing over and over again during this time goes something like, “It has been amazing to see teachers try so many things that they haven’t done … [Read more…]

Read More What Leads to Meaningful Change? #Podcast

  The above quote is something I am known for. Not just the quote, but the ability to find positive and opportunities in tough situations. I am not sure if I would consider myself an “optimist,” but I have worked to become a solution-focused person. Sometimes, I do force myself to be positive because I … [Read more…]

Read More Start Again Tomorrow

You can listen to the full podcast discussing the post below on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, or watch it on YouTube.        I read a comment on a feedback form that said something like, “These are great ideas, but how do they apply to teaching math?”  Every educator, including myself, wants ideas and … [Read more…]

Read More Creating Our Own Connections for Learning

Although this podcast on “4 Non-Negotiables” was recorded long before schools moved to “Emergency Remote Teaching,” these ideas still apply, but may look different.  As you read the post below or listen to the podcast, consider these questions: You can listen to the full podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Soundcloud, or check out the original post from … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools #Podcast

  “The driver for learning is social connection.”   The statement above from the Edutopia video on “Making Connections with Greetings at the Door” is one that truly resonated. Check out the entire video below.    “I see you, I know you, I’m connecting with you, and you’re important to me.”   How powerful is … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance and Impact of Greetings in Virtual Hallways

In this week’s podcast, I discuss some of my hopes for when schools return to a face-to-face setting and dive into those ideas.  You can check it out on YouTube, SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.  Check out the full video below, and below is a summary of some of the ideas shared in the full … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Hopes for When Schools Reopen Face-To-Face

When I first did my internship, I had an awesome mentor teacher who helped to get my career started in the right direction. I know this is not always the case for new teachers, and as a former teacher and administrator, I know how much a great mentor can matter when you are new to … [Read more…]

Read More The Quickest Path to a Destination

It felt like serendipity, but I received a very kind message from a good friend in Australia on Sunday morning and another from Mary Jane Burke that seemed to be interconnected. In this podcast, I share about how Mary Jane’s kindness helped me through a challenging time, but I also wanted to share the original … [Read more…]

Read More Always Err on the Side of Positive #Podcast

I recently posted “4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning” and I wanted to put together a podcast for people to be able to access the big ideas in a way that makes sense to them, while also reposting the original post. My podcast discusses the main ideas from the original post but provides some … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning #Podcast

“Change is an opportunity to do something amazing.”    The above quote from “The Innovator’s Mindset” has been shared back to me seemingly 100’s of times in the past few weeks. I am going to be honest, that sometimes I get excited to see all of the opportunities this new reality is creating.  Then sometimes, … [Read more…]

Read More Toward A New and Better Normal

In September of 2018, I wrote the post “10 Core Values for Education” based on the “Core Values” of the online shoe company, Zappos.   In this post and podcast, I share something I did that was more focused on following the rules rather than doing what was right for my students, and how creating and discussing our … [Read more…]

Read More 10 Core Values for Education #Podcast

Not only have educators been inundated with information on COVID-19, but they have had to retool, refocus, and rethink completely how they are going to connect with and teach their students.  A lot is going on in our world right now, and my first instinct is that we need to slow down and focus on … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning

Since I initially recorded this podcast in early February, a lot in our world has changed since then. Instead of posting this now, I hope that you can glean some insights from what I am sharing and create some ideas to apply to today’s context.  That is the whole premise of the Innovator’s Mindset. What … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Leader #Podcast