Author: George

Just some thinking out loud…I have no idea where this is going, but I am “writing to learn” not only to share my learning. This excerpt from my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” was just reshared with me on Twitter, and it sparked some of my thinking. An artist had his easel set up on a … [Read more…]

Read More On the Path to “Purpose”

My good friend Katie Martin, author of “Learner-Centered Innovation,” and I were having a conversation about the importance of focusing on going beyond “test scores” in education and focusing on providing powerful learning opportunities for students.  Standardized tests are a reality of most education systems, and I am not sure they are going away any … [Read more…]

Read More Learning to Learn Beyond the Test

From James Clear on the idea of”Giving Up”: Life is a constant balance between giving into the ease of distraction or overcoming the pain of discipline. It is not an exaggeration to say that our lives and our identities are defined in this delicate balance. What is life, if not the sum of a hundred … [Read more…]

Read More The Willingness to Start

In 2019, I have set the goal to run at least 100 miles using the Aaptiv app each month. Currently, I have achieved this goal for 11 out of 11 months, and only have the month of December to go.  My running has become better, and each month, I seem to be going above and … [Read more…]

Read More Moving From Your Point A to Your Point B

A book that shifted my thinking to focus on what people can do versus what they can’t do was Jennifer Fox’s “Your Child’s Strengths.” From the book: Children cannot develop interest in a subject just because adults tell them they should be interested. Children become unmotivated when they don’t understand the importance of what they are required to learn. … [Read more…]

Read More Valuing the Strengths of Learners that Go Beyond Academics

A book that shifted my thinking to focus on what people can do versus what they can’t do was Jennifer Fox’s “Your Child’s Strengths.” From the book: Children cannot develop interest in a subject just because adults tell them they should be interested. Children become unmotivated when they don’t understand the importance of what they are required to learn. … [Read more…]

Read More Valuing the Strengths of Learners that Go Beyond Academics

I am currently recording some podcast episodes that I am planning to release in January 2020.  Honestly, I am frustrated with the process.  My mic sounds terrible and doesn’t have that silky smooth radio voice sound that I was hoping.  I tried a new mic, and although it seems better than what I had, the … [Read more…]

Read More The Needed Struggle of Learning

I have always struggled with the “it is easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission” mentality.  I know this is a mantra for many, and sometimes, depending on where you work, it makes sense.  I am someone who gets bad anxiety and wants to do right by those I work with and for so it … [Read more…]

Read More Asking For Help Too Early Rather Than Too Late

In April 2010, I wrote my first blog post. I am almost at the ten-year mark, and I have published over 1700 posts in that time. The sole purpose of starting this blog was to understand how students could use this medium for learning in their education. In short, I didn’t want to skip to … [Read more…]

Read More The Benefit of “Sticking With It”

I recently read this great post from David Truss, who I have followed and connected with for several years. This portion resonated: I used to ask my kids, “what was your favourite part of the day”, then I added “Who did you help today?” And as I mentioned in the post reflection: It was only a matter … [Read more…]

Read More A Great Question to Ask Students Every Day

I saw the following tweet from Chasity Beatty and wanted to share a few thoughts:   The simple answer is this; yes, there is failure. But in all failure, there can be feedback if we choose to look for it. Sometimes failure can teach us that we need to tweak things and get better. For example, … [Read more…]

Read More The Feedback of Failure

I saw the following tweet from Chasity Beatty and wanted to share a few thoughts:   The simple answer is this; yes, there is failure. But in all failure, there can be feedback if we choose to look for it. Sometimes failure can teach us that we need to tweak things and get better. For example, … [Read more…]

Read More The Feedback of Failure

I recently shared this video based on an interaction that I had with a teacher who was sharing about how they felt uncomfortable trying new things.  I wanted to share my thoughts in video form below: Some random thoughts I shared last week on the importance of celebrating those in our buildings and local communities. … [Read more…]

Read More The Fear of Success

Here are two things that I have been thinking about a lot lately. 1. Any success I have had in the past and in the future has never ever been done truly on my own. I have been blessed to have so many incredible mentors, colleagues, friends, and family members who have either helped open … [Read more…]

Read More A Moment of Gratitude

At times, you have to say “no” to good things to be able to say “yes” to important things. You can’t do it all. Be mindful and choose wisely. The above quote is from a post, “7 Powerful Reminders to Focus on What Matters”, from one of my favorite blogs by Marc and Angel, and … [Read more…]

Read More Enjoying Moments that Matter

Katie Novak and I had a chance to discuss some of the concepts from our book, Innovate Inside the Box, on the below webinar with CAST.  It is an hour-long if you are interested in watching it. Here is the full webinar below: Here are a few things that I wanted to highlight from the video: 1. … [Read more…]

Read More Surround Yourself With Those that Make You Better

I found this quote from Susan Fowler’s book, “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work . . . and What Does” fascinating in the context of education, learning, and school; So a few thoughts on this quote for my reflection. In what parts of my own life do I find “joy” in the struggle of learning? Where … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Conditions to Consider in Finding Joy in Learning

IMpress Books is really excited about the release of Tom Murray’s new book, “Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences That Impact a Lifetime.”  I can tell you that it made me laugh, cry (a lot), and think a lot about our purpose in education. Here’s an endorsement from Principal and Author of “Be Excellent on … [Read more…]

Read More “Personal and Authentic” by Tom Murray